Interestingly enough, It wasn’t necessary for me to watch the Golden Globe awards this past Sunday. Instead, the entire show made it’s way into my news feed, and not for the reasons one would expect. No, I don’t pay much heed to celebrity news (as if it’s worthy of my attention), but a certain comedian made headlines the day after it aired, primarily for reasons I will discuss shorty. His name is Ricky Gervais. But first, let’s comprehend what the “Golden Globes” are, and more importantly why we care about them, If we care about them.
The Golden Globes, when first theorized, was intended to be an annual ceremonious gathering for individuals and actors who met the criteria required to compete. This criteria consisted mostly of being excellent in film and television, but nothing more. Until everyone in Hollywood decided that the notion of “nothing more” couldn’t be accurate.
Winning awards wasn’t enough to satisfy their now egotistical, elitist, hypocritical psyche, and certainly more needed to be accomplished at these ceremonies. After all, what about the “right to choice” for women considering abortion? The existential threat climate change poses on all of human existence? And the separation of “legitimate” families at the US southern border? These same opulent celebrities that inhabited the screens we viewed throughout our everyday, were now coming to life! They had more cleavage expressing dresses (particularly the women), they talked in a language foreign to that of any middle class American, and they even had developed their own political opinions. What more could they do? Wrong question.
We are all aware of the “Hollywood Culture”, and the disgusting lowlifes that reside in it’s group think habitat, but who gave them the right to tell us how to live our lives? This year, comedian Ricky Gervais performed a very interesting monologue for the ceremony, in which he indirectly, but directly, ripped Hollywood for their insane world-views and political opinions. Ranging from jokes about Jeffrey Epstein, to Felicity Huffmans children, Gervais smacked them all, and I have a slight feeling that Americans gave him kudos.
Nearing the end of his eight minute speech, he concluded with a rant towards politically opinionated celebrities, : “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” he said. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
It’s no wonder the outrage and positivity of Gervais’ monologue made it into my inbox. He said some things that needed to be said, things that are necessary to be talked about, especially when it comes to celebrities. While they parade around Beverly Hills and Malibu in their own trivial elitist illusions, consistently detached from the society me and you know so well, it’s always pleasant to remind them every now and then about reality, and what life looks like outside of “living high on the hog.”
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