The Golden Globes

Ricky flames Hollywood, starts controversy

Jacob Alexander, Editor in Chief

Ricky Gervais, an accomplished actor, comedian, and director, hosted the 77th annual Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles, California and opened with a monologue that left those attending and viewers at home shocked. Gervais made controversial statements that sparked discussion online and in the news.

This was Gervais’s final time hosting the Golden Globes and did not hold back on calling out Hollywood and the Hollywood Foreign Press. “Lucky for me, the Hollywood Foreign Press can barely speak English and they’ve no idea what Twitter is, so I got offered this gig by fax,” Gervais said, “Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh at your expense. Remember, they’re just jokes. We’re all going to die soon and there’s no sequel, so remember that.”

Gervais, towards the end of the monologue, called out those who use their speech as a platform for political statements. He said the following:

Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China…Unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?

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 do win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God, and **** off, ok? It’s already three hours long.

Many did not like Gervais’s blunt statements about people in the room. CNN went on saying Gervais’s monologue was “self-referential, claiming he didn’t care about people being offended,” and he had a “cynical, who-cares-about-inclusion stance.”

On the other hand, others found it relieving and well-deserved. Fox News praised his speech and targeted jokes at many actors, including Felicity Huffman and her role in the college admissions scandal, quoting his monologue, “I came here in a limo and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman. It’s her daughter I feel sorry for. That must be the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to her.”

 

The full transcript can be found online. Sources are found below:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/06/opinions/golden-globes-missed-mark-bodenheimer/index.html

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/transcript-ricky-gervais-golden-globes-2020-opening-monologue-1266516

https://www.foxnews.com/ent