WATCH: Ricky Gervais skewers Hollywood woke culture at Golden Globe Awards
Hosting the 77th annual Golden Globes tonight was Ricky Gervais. After he unapologetically spoke out about the Jessica Yaniv “wax my balls” controversy and supported J.K. Rowling’s tweets in favor of biological reality, there was much speculation as to whether he would skewer identity politics as host of this year’s awards show.
Ricky Gervais reclines in the bath in black and white to stage his protest against Hollywood abusers. It is a glorious send-up of Natalie Portman’s pricey Dior frock with golden embroidered names of the women directors who she believes were snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 2020 Oscars.
“Inspired by the brave Natalie Portman and her embroidered Oscars dress, I’ve written on my body all the known Hollywood perverts who haven’t been caught yet.” He points at some sharpie written names on his chest. “He’s a groper, we paid him off. Pedo.” He points to another. “Fuckin’ stick it anywhere. This c*nt is a complete nonce.”
Gervais is a master at skewering celebrity culture, here from the vantage point of his bath. As host of the Golden Globes, he gave voice to what so many viewers were thinking about the self-flagellating stars who struggle to come to terms with their own fame and influence.
During his most recent celebrated hosting gig at the Golden Globes, Gervais shredded the Hollywood elite by pointing out their hypocrisy and letting them in on some inconvenient truths. “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,” he quipped. When the audience booed, he pointed to them and said, “You did it. I didn’t. You did it!”
Entertainers use their star power to pay tribute to their pet causes, whether they be Jane Fonda staging climate change protests on the steps of the Capitol, or Joaquin Phoenix speaking out against milk, or Portman advocating for gender diversity during awards season. The rest of us wonder why they don’t seem to be taking action in their lives. Fonda has routinely engaged in travel aboard private jets, Phoenix has probably enjoyed a glass of milk or two in his time before becoming vegan, and Portman’s own production company hasn’t hired women directors other than Portman.
This last failing was criticized roundly in the arena of social media. Portman sparked blowback from virtually all spheres after this revelation surfaced, despite the gold embroidered protest cape. To her credit, Portman acknowledged her own failings after actress Rose McGowan pointed them out. “I find Portman’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work,” McGowan wrote on Facebook. “I’m not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust. I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk.”
We’re not sure what work McGowan is actually doing, either. She directed an animated, political film called Pomerania, and she hosted a television documentary about abuse of power in Hollywood, but from what we can tell, she hasn’t been out there advocating for women directors. McGowan falls into the trap of believing that if a person is taking action against one injustice, it’s not valid unless she takes action against all the injustices at once, which is also the same as doing nothing.
Gervais pointed that out too, but he was funnier and also not a hypocrite
Trans activist Jessica Yaniv is back, and we’re giving her attention yet again. After recently suing yet another immigrant-owned beauty salon for allegedly not waxing Jessica’s hairy legs, Yaniv has also publicly denounced one of the world’s most buzzing comedians: Ricky Gervais.
Gervais, who just knocked his Golden Globe hosting duties out of the park, recently announced that he would be touring North America and Europe, with stops in Toronto and Vancouver. While most Canadians with a good sense of humour are likely fans of Gervais, at least one Vancouverite felt as though the tour should have no place in her city.
“No,” tweeted Yaniv. “I’m not allowing this,” she replied to news of Gervais’ visit.
Gervais and Yaniv have a bit of a history. Last fall, Gervais caught wind of the first round of Yaniv hysteria involving Jessica, unsuccessfully, trying to sue immigrant women for not waxing her male genitals.
This prompted Gervais to poke fun at her, joking that he would dress as Yaniv for Halloween, tweeting: “I was going to dress up as something weird and creepy for my Halloween party, but I’m bucking the trend this year and I’m going as brave female activist Jessica Yaniv. This also means I don’t have to wax my big old hairy balls.”
This led to “backlash,” as bloggers who couldn’t take a joke became upset that Gervais would dare poke fun at a brave, beautiful woman like Yaniv. The joke, though, wasn’t off-brand for the comedian. In his 2015 Netflix comedy special Humanity, Gervais joked similarly about Caitlyn Jenner’s driving troubles.
“She became a role model for trans people everywhere–showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers.”
Despite all the faux-controversy, Gervais’ tour is expected to sell out internationally.
“Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin, Ricky Gervais is an award-winning stand-up comedian, with five international tours to date,” Live Nation posted in the show’s announcement.
“His live stand-up show ‘Fame’ became the fastest-selling UK stand-up show in history. Gervais can most recently be seen in the dark comedy ‘After Life,’ which he created, directs, stars in and executive produced.”
You can buy tickets to Gervais’ live shows here.
The 77th Annual Golden Globes came and went again last night: snooze fest. Full disclosure the only reason I watched was for host and funny man Ricky Gervais. If you’re a fan of stand up comedy you likely already know of Ricky Gervais’s legendary hosting of the Golden Globes. Last night marked the fifth time Gervais hosted the pretentious, I mean prestigious event.
Ricky’s style as a comedian is unmatched in terms of his relentless hammering of a joke. He’s crass and unashamed of it, and what do you have to be ashamed of when all of your jokes are rooted in undeniable truths. Watch the full opening monologue here.
What makes Ricky Gervais such a perfect addition to the hobnobbery is that he’s playing to the camera and ergo the folks at home. He’s cracking jokes for the people who got dragged into watching it because their date or friend has asked them to. He’s lining up tour dates for himself via the golden globes gig which is at least smart if nothing else. He is taking the urine, as they say in jolly old England and boy what better event in need of just that.
I didn’t want to miss a moment of Ricky so I was tuned in about a half an hour before because I had to find an illegal stream to watch it on. I was watching for some of the preshow madness or red carpet as they call it. Interviews with make-up caked faces and the kind of dresses that were made to trip over it were something else, I tell ya. It’s a convention of narcissists who just can’t help themselves on such a night. One nice example of that was Nicole Kidman doing laps around people getting interviewed before crashing them altogether.
The interview formula seems pretty standard, tell the celebrity how amazing they look and ask them what brand of clothing they’re in deep stuff. Exactly the type of conversation that would precursor a lecture about the state of politics and the world at large and there was certainly no shortage of that. Celebs accepted their awards with lots to say about climate change, vegan diet alternatives, diversity in Hollywood, abortion rights and so on.
I suppose that the oddest thing for me was just how bad these actors are at acting. Sure, they’re award winners and many have impressed me in roles before such as Joaquin Phoenix who went on to give a long incoherent speech about something. I’m not sure what but he’s unhappy, I know that much as were most stars last night. They seem to have the most trouble with acting as their authentic selves. You’d think that acting as a normal person would be easy for such trained professionals but their facial expressions and timing always seemed off. Give them a good script and a great director and they can transform into just about anybody but leave them up at the podium all by themselves and they forget everything they’ve ever learned in theatre school.
That is why a host like Ricky Gervais so imperative to keeping the boat from drifting out into dangerously self-aggrandizing waters. He trolls the reverence, skewers the hypocrisy and acts as a cultural translator between the Hollywood elite and the blue collars that keep the box-office running. He was the best thing to happen to the affair.
A joke that stands alone from his 2016 opening monologue went, “One Hollywood publication said that me hosting would mean that some film stars would stay away for fear of being made fun of. As if film stars would stay away from a chance to win a golden globe…particularly if their film company has already paid for it.” It gets the kind of involuntary reaction that is priceless, especially from Hollywood film company producer Harvey Weinstein, who enjoyed the joke in a way that was proof positive that it wasn’t hardly a joke at all.
For his fifth, and possibly final performance as the host of the Globes he seemed to be tamer than his previous performance in 2016 which I would argue was his best. He also chose to go less after individual celebrities and more so after the companies and corporations that dictate Hollywood’s fad-like mandates. When he did take a swing at them though, he threw his whole body behind it. “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.” That got a lukewarm response before Gervais turned the sentiment onto the crowd, “Well you say you’re woke but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney…I mean 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 win, right, come up accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and f*ck off.”
Took the words out of my mouth, thanks Ricky. Of course, many media outlets scolded Ricky for his lack of concern for the various social issues of the world. The Los Angeles Times headline read, “Politics reigned at the Golden Globes. Too Bad Ricky Gervais didn’t notice.” The Washington Post headline declared, “At the Golden Globes, Gervais’s sharpest barb poked Hollywood’s piety. Nobody cared.” I dare say Ricky is the only one who did seem to care, at least when it came to speaking on issues earnestly. One joke was, “Our next presenter was in 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.” That was met with boos and groans to which Gervais wasted no time retorting with, “You did it! I didn’t you did it!”
Another great example of Gervais putting the master in master of ceremonies is his ability to predict the predictable, dogmatic Hollywood psyche and false sense of ethics. A joke regarding Epstein was a testament to the comic’s timing. While referring to his own show Afterlife Ricky goes on to say, ” So, in the end, he didn’t kill himself, just like Jefferey Epstein,” upon groans to that Gervais tells the audience, “Shut up, I know he’s your friend but I don’t care.”
What Gervais does is hold a mirror up to the Hollywood elite, but for once, they don’t enjoy looking into it. If in the end, this is Gervais’s last time hosting, it will likely be my last time watching as well.
The Advocate knows exactly what it’s doing with its recent headline about Ricky Gervais. “Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais Goes on Transphobic Tweetstorm.” They want him deplatformed. They want him out of the Golden Globes. They are desperate for it.
They note that “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which produces the Golden Globes, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Advocate. Last awards season, Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the Academy Awards amid backlash to several homophobic tweets he’d written over the years.”
But if they’re looking for Gervais to step down over his tweets that favour biological reality over radical trans gender ideology, then they are going to be waiting a long time. Gervais simply doesn’t see anything wrong with his remarks, or JK Rowling’s, in support of Maya Forstater, a U.K. woman who filed a discrimination suit against her employer over trans comments she’d made, on Twitter. Nor should he.
Gervais is pretty confident in his ability to speak the truth and to be hilarious while doing so. He’s unapologetically spoken his mind during his last Golden Globes appearance and on Twitter.
He calls out the absurdity of the radical trans ideological concept of female privilege:
And suggests that women should actually have sex-based rights:
Radical trans Twitter freaked out, of course, because that’s what radical trans Twitter does best. He was called all sorts of names, which, we’re sure he really doesn’t care about.
Mostly, Gervais thinks people should be able to actually have this conversation, and that people who think men and women are different shouldn’t simply be silenced out of hand.
But we’re at a place where people are shamed for stating actual, knowable facts. Gervais, of course, has his trademark sense of humour about it.
If the Golden Globes do the pathetically predictable thing and he gets cancelled as host, he’ll have a laugh about that, too. In fact, odds are it will help him, not hurt him because his common sense would just be amplified.
Gervais joins those few celebs, like JK Rowling and Graham Linehan, who will actually speak in favour of women against a theory of sexual mutli-morphism that would destroy their rights, take their private spaces, and monopolize women’s sports.
So many others have capitulated to this nonsense.
Bebe Newirth accidentally liked JK Rowling’s tweet, and then, out of blind fear, unliked it, and apologized.
The super-woke Teen Vogue weighed in, too.
The JK Rowling tweet, that Gervais jumped on board with, was a pretty stunning moment in the realm of gender-critical feminism.
There’s a mistake in the assumption of the most vocal radical trans ideologues that believing men and women are distinct entities that can’t morph into the other through surgery, pharmaceuticals, and wishing, is discriminatory. It’s a false correlation that’s meant to squash debate and uphold a fiction. It is possible to respect and have compassion for trans and gender dysphoric people without believing that swapping sexes is doable.
It’s great that the Golden Globes haven’t cancelled Gervais yet. Will they stick to their guns and stand up for free speech? Or will they cave like so many have before them. Whatever happens, sane people everywhere owe Gervais a debt of gratitude for refusing to be like most celebrities who march lockstep with the woke drone army.