Sometimes I wonder how in the hell people supported Jay Leno during the whole Team Coco thing. Now after the besmirched reaction to Ricky Gervais’ jokes as this year’s host of the Golden Globes I understand it…people just can’t take a joke anymore.
At this year’s ceremony it seems the biggest story isn’t the obvious “Why was The Tourist nominated?” “What the hell is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?” or “Can these things get any more masturbatory?” No it was that Ricky Gervais’ jokes hurt celebrities feelings (we’re looking at you Robert Downey Jr.).
Gervais didn’t pull punches, going for the jugular of ever sacred (and not so sacred) lamb, making fun of every addiction, obsession, and taboo in Hollywood that he could. Ostensibly spoiling the yearly all-about-me fest that celebrities love these award shows for. And it seriously bummed some of the attendee’s night out.
But I thought the Golden Globes were different? Aren’t these the awards where everyone sits around and drinks, eats some food, start table wars, and make off-the-cuff and therefore funny speeches? Aren’t these the awards where Jack Nicholson thanked people while talking through his ass? (Note to Jack: you need to be at every award show).
The short answer is, “Yes, they are.”
So then why is it surprising to anyone when the person charged with being the night’s ringleader, sets the tone for this type of evening by saying a few crass things? To me, it’s the equivalent of being offended by anything said about you during a roast. But that’s pretty much just like Hollywood, as the Golden Globes become the bigger indicator of what the Academy Awards might look like, the show becomes less anti-Academy Awards and more just Academy Awards lite. Half the prestige and just as boring. And maybe even lamer.
And boring is what they would have been, had Gervais not toss out some controversial statements, the highlight of the night might have been “Angelina Jolie applies lip gloss” or “Robert DeNiro delivers speech like your drunk uncle.” Really? For us Gervais was pretty much the ONLY reason to watch the ceremony (other than Chris Colfer’s acceptance speech). I’d rather see Ricky deliver 5 more minutes of material than even contemplate who won best foreign film, or see the camera cut to Lea Michelle crying one more time. And yes, a slight nip-slip might have been better received had it been by January Jones instead of Jane Fonda.
Here is a little amalgamation of Ricky’s best moments from the awards for you to enjoy. I understand how the mere mention of slander against celebrities, God’s most gentle of creatures apparently.
Oh and as for the winners for comedy…does it really matter who won what this year? I mean they nominated The Tourist for an award in the comedy category for chrissakes! The Hollywood Foreign Press clearly gave up on trying to figure out what’s funny themselves and now it seems they even gave up on supporting people like Gervais that actually knows what’s funny.
What do you think? Did Ricky Gervais cross the line? Or are people just being whiny, thin-skinned bitches?
UPDATE: Gervais has issued a statement about the backlash and the even more ridiculous notion that during a long gap in the show where he wasn’t on stage he was being scolded backstage.
“Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great. I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humor.) I probably won’t be here next year.”
The fact that Gervais even has to issue a statement like this is ridiculous. I know the HFPA is trying to save face so the celebs will continue to come out to their ceremony. But I think the bigger sting would be if those asked to host in the future decline because they don’t want the HFPA to turn on them if they don’t find them funny.