Gervais Golden Roast
British comedian and 77th annual Golden Globes television and film awards host Ricky Gervais wants to know: “How the f-ck can teasing huge corporations, and the richest, most privileged people in the world be considered right wing?”
Sunday night, the caustic comic roasted Hollywood’s glitterati assembled at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles in their finery to backslap, grip and grin, preen and pose, and (many hoped) demand pay raises on their next movie deal with freshly gleaming trophy in hand. Some were not amused by Gervais’ flame throwing antics from the awards stage.
One Los Angeles Times journalist, who appears to have baked her brain from overexposure to Tinseltown’s rays, lamented that “the mood” in the opulent ballroom “was already sober thanks to an impeachment, the threat of war with Iran and devastating bush fires in Australia.” She chided the cheeky Brit for singeing the celebrities’ fragile “hope.”
Meanwhile, “Best Actress” winner Michelle Williams ignored Gervais’ advice to ignore politics and “come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and f-ck off.” The elfin actress implored women to turn out to vote “in your own self interest. It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them” — apparently unaware that in every presidential election since 1980, the women’s vote has outnumbered men’s, in recent elections by ten million each time.
Gervais warned his fellow thespians that, “You're in no position to lecture the public about anything…. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Lesson not learned.