The monologue heard-round-the-world last night is still reverberating a full day later. Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais pulled no punches and held nothing back. The liberal atheist comedian delivered exactly what he’d been promising for weeks – a scathing, hilarious send-up of Hollywood perverts, free speech hypocrites, and spoiled celebrities. It’s been trending ever since, and rightfully so.
But the true genius of Gervais’ monologue lies in more than just its rawness. Gervais was not just accusing his Hollywood colleagues of being hypocrites, his entire monologue was a critique of his own hypocrisy, though certainly muted.
Gervais knows the deal. He knows damn well that he’s been sitting around for decades pretending perverts like Weinstein and Epstein don’t exist in Hollywood. He crossed the pond to make his money, and make it he did. After importing “The Office” and acting as an executive producer, Gervais could have retired on that royalty check alone. Instead, he continued to break ground in the industry. He partnered with HBO long before it was fashionable to make “Extras”, a hilarious and slightly dark take on the world of showbiz and the “extras” actors who live in it.