The Golden Globe Awards is an annual ceremony hosted in the US to recognize excellence in film. The Golden Globe is presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since its inception back in 1943 and has continued until today. A body of film connoisseurs come together every year to decide which actors, actresses, movies, and television series deserve recognition among the Hollywood elites.
To host the Golden Globes, it has been traditional to bring on a comedian to present the awards and liven the evening in general, just like you can liven your evening by checking out some Fair Go Casino Bonuses! This year, the Golden Globes brought on Ricky Gervais to host, and having watched his speech, I bet they regret it!
Ricky Gervais, born in 1961 in Reading, Berkshire, if you don’t know, is a comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, and musician. He’s probably most famous for his work as a standup comedian and for writing “The Office,” and mock documentary series about the day-to-day slog of working at an office (obviously).
Ricky Gervais has gotten into hot water for not being “PC” and refusing to apologize for “problematic” tweets. He has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British comedy awards, two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and the Rose d’Or twice. More relevantly, he has hosted the Golden Globes five times and expects this last one to be the last he ever hosts.
As part of his duty for the ceremony, Ricky Gervais opened the Golden Globes with an address that made half the audience chuckle, half the audience cringe, and the viewers at home roar with laughter. Ricky Gervais held nothing back, covering Hollywood hypocrisy, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffery Epstein, and more.
While complaining about the runtime of the Golden Globes, he said, “You could binge-watch the entire first season of ‘Afterlife’ instead of watching this show,” Gervais said, “That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself because his wife dies of cancer, and it’s still more fun than this.
“Spoiler alert: Season two is on the way, so in the end, he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein.”
When the audience groaned, he added, “Oh shut up, I know he was your friend, but I don’t care!”
If you don’t know, Jeffery Epstein was quite possibly the largest and most prolific pedophile in American history and is known to have traveled and provided girls younger than 12 to be abused by some of the wealthiest and influential people in the world.
I mean, he had a literal pedophile island he would bring people to. He had a black-book of names of his clients, which is alleged to include Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, and lots of famous Hollywood elites.
“Our next presenter starred in Netflix’s Bird Box, a movie where people survive by acting like they don’t see a thing- sort of like working for Harvey Weinstein. You did it! I didn’t- you did it!”
Harvey Weinstein, a longtime producer in Hollywood, was arrested and charged with five counts of sexual assault, criminal sex acts, and rape. Harvey Weinstein supposedly coerced dozens if not hundreds of women into sexual acts in exchange for roles and paychecks, and the exposure of this scandal led to the #MeToo movement. Ricky Gervais is pointing out all the fact that lots of the celebrities in the Golden Globes theatre have been working with Weinstein for decades and supposedly never knew about any of his predatory felonies.
However, Ricky Gervais’ best joke really just encapsulates the cultural divide that exists between Hollywood and everyone else. He saved the best for last, right at the end of his opening monologue.
“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you 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*ck off, OK? It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award.”
Ironically, most of the award winners went and did exactly that, lecturing off the podium about everything from climate change to abortion. This is the crux of the issue, isn’t it? These high-school dropouts stand on their podiums and berate everyone on issues they genuinely know nothing about while pretending they did more than have nice bums to get to where they are.
And they wonder why the cinema industry is dying.