In what has to be one of the rare and shocking times when Hollywood elites were forced to hear the truth, Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais flayed the audience on Sunday, cracking jokes about self-important and virtue signally celebrities, Apple’s use of sweatshop labor, and Hollywood buddy Jeffrey Epstein.
Stating that actors knew “nothing about the real world,” Gervais delivered one truth bomb after another, stunning the crowd.
“You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg,” Gervais told the A-list crowd at the top of the show.
“So, if you win, come up, accept your little award tonight, come up, accept it, thank your agent and your God, and f*ck off. No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”
Gervais saved his most stinging barb for Apple, which entered the entertainment business last year with the debut of Apple TV+. Apple CEO Tim Cook was in attendance during Sunday’s ceremony.
Gervais started by complimenting Apple’s The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, but soon switched into attack mode.
“A superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” the actor-comedian said.
“If ISIS started a streaming service, you all would be calling your agents.”
Rick Gervais en très très grande forme, il attaque les sweat shops d’Apple en Asie et les discours politiques: “Aucun de vous n’est en position de faire la leçon, vous ne connaissez rien du vrai monde, vous avez passé moins de temps à l’école que Greta Thunberg” #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/ubjfjntpER
— Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) January 6, 2020
Ricky Gervais also made a joke about Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged close ties to Hollywood power brokers. The joke started with a reference to Gervais’ Netflix series After Life, in which he plays a depressed man who avoids committing suicide..
“So in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up, I know he’s your friend but I don’t care,” Gervais said. Here’s the clip:
Ricky Gervais: “So in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up, I know he’s your friend but I don’t care.” pic.twitter.com/ILkx36BIiE
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 6, 2020
“You all look lovely all dolled up, you came here in your limos. I came here in a limo and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman,” he said to the crowd who cringed. “It’s her daughter I feel sorry for. That must be the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to her. And her dad was in ‘Wild Hogs,’ so…”
Gervais concluded his scathing monologue by warning the celebrities not to make any political or “woke” statements when accepting their awards.
“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” he declared.
Although said under the guise of humor, his statements, according to many people, are spot on.
These elitists live in a fantasy land surrounded by wealth while their neighbors and the people outside are living in refuse and filth, much like the French aristocrats before the reign of terror.