Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais is responding to mainstream media criticisms of his role as a Golden Globe host, pointing out that he humorously targeted people that liberals generally love to hate, such as big corporations and millionaires.
Gervais tweeted on Monday that people have been calling his Golden Globes jokes “right-wing” despite the populist angle of his routine.
The British-born comedian seemed to be responding to comments like those of Vanity Fair writer and former Entertainment Weekly editor Mark Harris, who complained on Twitter on Monday, Jan. 6 that making fun of celebrities is a “right-wing conversation piece.”
Harris also called Gervais’s jokes about privileged celebrities “tired.”
“It is not an act of speaking truth to power or courage to attack celebrities on that front: it is a tired way of scolding people in silence because you don’t like what they say,” Harris wrote.
The Los Angeles Times also came out in defense of offended celebrities, protecting their honor by portraying Gervais as nihilistic and petty.
“The last thing anyone needed was for the smiling ringmaster to chide them for having hope, or to mock the room for trying to use his influence to change things for the better,” wrote one Times critic.
During Sunday’s broadcast, Gervais left no stone unturned as he made jokes about Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, and Prince Andrew.
“[Afterlife] is a show about a man who wants to kill himself … Spoiler alert, season two is on the way, so he didn’t kill himself … just like Jeffrey Epstein,” the comedian said Sunday.
The MeToo movement and ISIS also received some coverage during his eight-minute opening monologue, before pleading with the stars to accept their statuettes with little fanfare.
“You don’t know anything about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg,” he told the crowd.
“So, if you win, go upstairs, accept your little prize tonight, go upstairs, accept it, thank your agent and your God, and get the hell out. No one cares about your views on politics or culture,” he added.
Gervais also pointed to Apple , which recently became a major player in Hollywood thanks to its new companies Apple Studios and Apple TV+.
“Apple roared in the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a great show,” Gervais said. “An excellent drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, done by a company that runs sweatshops in China.
Addressing the ballroom full of celebrities, Gervais continued, “You say you are ‘awoke’, but the companies you work for Apple, Amazon, Disney … if ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?
This was the fifth time Gervais hosted the gala, after leading the show from 2010 to 2012 and again in 2016.
Gervais told the Golden Globes audience on Sunday that this would be his last time as host of the annual ceremony.
In a tweet after the ceremony, he said, “Thanks for all your amazing comments about my Golden Globes monologue. Best reaction ever and that means a lot to me. I had a blast but thank fuck it’s over”.
Hollywood remains one of the main sources of promotion for the Democratic Party and the ideological left.
The few conservative actors—who defend life, family, and country—have commented that if in Hollywood you are from the Republican or right-wing party you become the enemy and are part of their blacklist.
This is why it seems to be a prerequisite to belong to the progressive wing in order to be successful on Hollywood’s red carpet, and when you say “politically incorrect” truths like Gervais’s you automatically get blacklisted. Perhaps that’s why the actor said goodbye to the Golden Globes, presuming that he will never again be called upon to play host.