Hollywood and the Media Really Upset by Ricky Gervais’ Hosting at 2020 Golden Globes
Oh, Hollywood and the media – both worlds consisting largely of very vocal liberals – did not take kindly to host Ricky Gervais dressing down of them at all.
I am not an expert on all things Gervais, but I gather from what I have read that he is an atheist and a liberal.
Hollywood types and the liberal media – and most of our journalists are liberal – loathe anyone who is a conservative or who lives in what they dismiss as “fly over country.”
Then your “everyday” liberals on Twitter were throwing a fit, lecturing conservatives, “Hey, you guys DO realize that Gervais is an atheist and a liberal, and he probably wouldn’t agree with your views, right?” -Yeah, we know, and we don’t care.
I’m actually fine with people holding opposing views to mine, so long as they are not unreasonable, rude, or arrogant about it – or hypocritical.
What Gervais did was point out what enormous hypocrites most of Hollywood are, and they did not like it one bit.
I, for one, probably wouldn’t care so much if actors tend to run liberal, so long as they kept their political (and religious) views to themselves, but instead, many of them like to broadcast their hatred of conservatives and Republicans all over social media.
Additionally, Hollywood stars and other entertainment figures like to condescendingly lecture every-day folks on how they think we should vote, or what we should think and do.
Furthermore, many of celebrities live like hypocrites.
As but one example: movie stars like to lecture us on carbon emissions and global warming, yet most of them take private jets every where – but they expect the rest of us to give up planes if we need to travel.
Here are some links to news coverage or editorials from other sites about Gervais’ marvelous calling out of Hollywood for their insufferable smugness and their hypocrisy in lecturing non-celebrities on politics and social issues:
RICKY Gervais left woke Hollywood stars in shock as he attacked Tinsel Town hypocrites in his brutal opening monologue at the Golden Globes ceremony last night.
As many had been expecting, the British funnyman didn’t pull any punches with his jokes and even suggested those present would work for ISIS if it set up a streaming service.
He also made gags about the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Leo DiCaprio’s love life and Felicity Huffman’s prison sentence for her part in a college admissions scandal.
During a seven-minute monologue, the host mocked DiCaprio’s fondness for dating women in their early twenties, leading to a gag about Prince Andrew’s sex allegations.
Ricky said: ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood [is] nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him.’
And he followed the gag by saying: ‘Even Prince Andrew is like, ”come on Leo mate, you’re nearly 50, son”.’
…He continued: “If you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and f*** off.”
The Real Reason the Media Trashed Ricky Gervais’s Monologue by Christian Toto
More importantly, these stars say the things that reporters dare not admit. Derek Hunter’s book,Outrage, Inc. explains why.
Major media reporters can’t come out and say, “We believe in socialist policies, open borders and Medicare for All.” What they can do, though, is uncritically repeat those positions when celebrities espouse them.
That lets them have it both ways. They promote the causes they hold so dear, and they don’t jeopardize their journalist bona fides in the process.
“Hey, we’re just reporting on what Mr. or Miss Famous Person said…”
The entire show was, as you’d expect, worthless. Except for Gervais’ hosting. “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” he told the audience. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you’ve spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg . . . So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and f*** off. Okay?”
This wasn’t even a joke. Just sheer hostility. As such it was beautiful to behold.
…He made a joke about his character on the Netflix show AfterLife: “In the end, he didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Sorry, I know he’s your friend.”
He told the room that everyone in it was terrified of Ronan Farrow, and the room reacted so quietly it was obvious the remark was true.
He mocked everyone willing to work for Apple’s new movie and TV production arm because Apple is “a company who runs sweatshops in China. . . . If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent.” Spot-on.
Gervais’s politics are not easy to pigeonhole. He hates Trump, disdains climate-change deniers, and ridicules religion, calling himself a “godless ape” in his Twitter bio.
Clearly, he has no love for corporate America.
But he also finds elite identity politics and celebrity self-regard absurd.
His heterodoxy means he is bound to offend some of his audience whenever he steps on stage.
And so he did on Sunday night: “No one cares about movies anymore,” he riffed in his opening monologue to the assembled notables. “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you’ve spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Finding this funny—and millions of us did—requires thinking your average Hollywood bigshot is no more knowledgeable or interesting on the great issues of our time than my great aunt Gladys, even though they genuinely think they are.
It also requires believing that Hollywood machers have considerable power and money, which means that their opinions, unlike my great aunt’s, have the potential to matter. Like all self-inflated hypocrites, they need debunking.
Gervais spent his opening monologue targeting a billionaire pedophile and his powerful enablers, big businesses bending the knee to the Chinese dictatorship, and rich celebrities criming their children’s ways into college. Not one word alluded to Trump, his policies, or his supporters. In fact, he warned the show’s attendees not to use the night to pontificate about politics.
“You know nothing about the real world,” he reminded them. “Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Naturally, given our incredibly stupid times, his radically apolitical act became a political lightning rod.
Republicans, including Donald Trump, Jr., who is apparently unfamiliar with Gervais’s previous comments about his father, celebrated the act. The Left started hand-wringing.
….Gervais just said what we were all thinking, with the unflinching tact of the best in the business of comedy.
Gervais isn’t a radical. The tone-deaf response to his performance is.
…You could see the walls crumbling in the perplexed scowls worn on the faces of celebrities being taken down several notches by Ricky Gervais last Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards. If (like me) you didn’t hear the wicked broadsides live, you can read them online in a hundred places.
I suppose this was my favorite, and the most comprehensive take down: “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. …”
This takes aim at the whole super-inflated bubble of Hollywood’s moral preening, but also, beyond Hollywood, at the stifling cultural authority of “wokeness” in general.
This is comic liberation on a grand scale because it takes aim at grotesque contradictions in the ruling ideology itself. This was seen nicely by Brendan O’Neill at Spectator-USA:
“People … are sick of being lectured about their carbon footprint by alarmingly rich celebs who fly about in private jets. People (have) had enough of being instructed on the importance of feminism by an industry saturated with sexual madness. People … don’t take kindly to being told to use PC language and the correct pronouns by people who make movies containing graphic violence and ceaseless expletives. …”
Why Ricky Gervais’s Criticism of Hollywood Is So Satisfying by Gad Saad Ph.D.
…Then Ricky Gervais happens. He steps into the room and smashes celebrities’ privileged safe spaces. They are not used to being called out, let alone from one of their “own.”
After all, Gervais is a world-famous celebrity in his own right, so he is part of the ecosystem of grand pretenders, and yet he possesses the fortitude to call out what he sees as their moral hypocrisy, baffling ignorance, stifling herd mentality, and nauseating virtue signaling. He does not suffer fools gladly.
Gervais stares at his pampered, narcissistic, and self-indulgent audience and tells them what millions of people are thinking, and he does it with spicy humor.
Throughout history, great satirists have used their rhetorical abilities to challenge the powerful. Gervais is the latest instantiation of this long tradition: Namely, he uses his comedic talent to mock an out-of-touch elite class of professional fakers.
Epistemic humility though is a sorely lacking quality among some in the Malibu crowd. They are not always well-calibrated about what they know and that which they know nothing about.
And yet, as perfect exemplars of the Dunning-Kruger effect(confident about one’s ignorance), they sometimes walk around pontificating about matters that the average elliptical machine is better equipped to speak about.
As such, continue to entertain us but please don’t pretend that you are more moral, more intelligent, and more virtuous than the rest of us.
Watch on You Tube:
Ricky Gervais’ Monologue – 2020 Golden Globes (via NBC on You Tube)