Ricky Gervais hosted last night’s Golden Globes Awards, a repeat gig from last year because everyone liked how he gleefully made fun of Hollywood. He returned this year with a promise to be meaner, and he followed through (watch the monologue below), resulting in a lot of dripping gashes getting offended. FilmDrunk has a breakdown of which media outlets have twats for TV reviewers, but the gist of it is this:
“Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure,” a member of the [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] told me, adding that Ricky’s relentlessly mean shtick could have even larger consequences. “For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.” […]
“Ricky blew it big time. It’s one thing to make fun of celebrities but it’s another to make them totally uncomfortable,” an insider tells me. “People in that room were furious but had to sit and smile because the camera’s were on them. It really says something when several people who attended said they would have felt safer with Kathy Griffin hosting.” [Popeater]
What a steaming pile of pig sh*t. The overblown media reaction is only going to coddle these delicate egomaniacs even more. Make them sit there and take their lumps like adult human beings, maybe it’ll make them think twice before mailing in crap like The Tourist.
Here’s Gervais’s opening monologue.
Again, the mainstream media doesn’t know how to report about comedy. They report that the crowd hated the monologue, but there are plenty of laughs among the groans. Besides, I read the groans as surprise that Gervais would take on such targets as Angelina Jolie and the HFPA, not disgust with Gervais. Humor is supposed to surprise people. (If you can’t watch the Hulu player, catch the clip at Gawker TV.)
Also, I thought Robert Downey, Jr.’s dig back at Gervais was done in good humor, not anger.
I thought that was well done. Thin-skinned people deserve to be stabbed. (Metaphorically, of course.) (*sharpens knife*)
Anyway, here are the TV nominees and winners: