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Offending Hollywood Takes A British Comedian
Ricky Gervais is absolutely no stranger to Hollywood and has contributed plenty of his talent to movies that have brought in millions to billions of dollars for Hollywood and Bank Funding Co. A movie that he is most noted for is The Invention of Lying. In this movie, we are taken into another dimension where no one, not a single human, has ever lied. Every human tells the truth and has no idea how to lie. While the movie wasn’t exactly a flop, it earned a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes of 188 critics and a generally positive review with a rating average of 5.9 out of 10.
Gervais did not hold back to reveal to Hollywood exactly what we were all thinking, but could not say: Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself! Seriously, there is hard evidence from Joe Rogan, and we all know that Joe Rogan is authentic as hell. Okay, not all of us would have said that or even cared, but he had something for everyone, which was directed at the entire “Hollywood Elite”, who all needed to be told everything they heard. Fortunately, Leonardo DiCaprio was able to take a joke as well, and James Cordon, who seemed to be absent, but likely saw it, and many others along the way were not exempt. Several of the “top Hollywood elite” who literally run Hollywood, however, seemed to be offended, but Gervais did not hold back. Even when it came time to bring out Mel Gibson, who is known for his shenanigans and drunken speak, everyone was a good sport about it all.
From letting the Hollywood actors and actresses know that in the past, while they used their celebrity status and winning status as a political platform, as so many were willing to do when Obama was President. It wasn’t that he didn’t want them to say what they had to say, but he mentioned multiple times that the show was three hours long, and he really just wanted to get out of there. Gervais even mentioned a nominated movie, “Bird Box”, in which people walk around acting like they don’t see a thing, “kind of like working for Harvey Weinsten.” His point? Almost all celebrities know exactly what has been going on in Hollywood for years. It technically renders celebrities of the #metoo movement and feminist movement vulnerable and without much to say. This is not to say that they themselves aren’t victims in a grand scheme, and while they could have done so much more about it, they chose the stardom, fame, and fortune, that came at the price of either being sexually harassed and taking it in stride or being ousted before you were even given a chance to be in. This was not something that just began overnight and all of a sudden, everyone is surprised. The Hollywood elite also would have known about the pedophile rings, the taking advantage of women and men in the business, and ensuring it stayed that way.
Lacking in the audience of celebrities, which Gervais touched upon, and even refused to read the names of remembrance for dead celebrities, was the fact that there was an overwhelmingly great majority of only white celebrities, save for Rihanna, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett who were in the audience. Awkwafeena and a few other Asians were likely present in the audience, but it does show a real lack of diversity in Hollywood. The whole night was really hilarious joke and along the way, we got to see a lot of our beloved celebrities. Seeing them still has its magic as we really do love and appreciate our favorites. And they all did well not to make it too political. After all, that is what Twitter is for, isn’t it? Gervais pointed out that celebrities like to use these as a way to make their point known and heard, which actually makes no one want to watch the Award show because it just becomes too political. We’d rather sit through our favorite movie watching our favorite actor and actress do their job.
While every celebrity is entitled to their own opinion, it is best, as a world-known figure, to choose the right time and place for your platform. This is not to say that Gervais was trying to squelch them and prevent them from talking, but to focus on the areas that mattered, and the celebrities did well to do that, including mentioning women’s rights, owning up to the responsibility of voting, climate change, and letting Australia know our hearts are with them.
Celebrities live in their own bubble, as mentioned by Gervais to the the entire Hollywood audience, and he is absolutely right. Almost all of the Hollywood stars live in their mansions, have the finest luxuries in life, are wrapped up in their movies, their schedules, their own dramas, and while they may need to hire their own security detail, most of them can actually afford it. To paraphrase Gervais’ words to them, “Greta Thunberg knows more than you.” While this may not be completely accurate, as many of those celebrities do donate to their own various causes, the point was clear: stop telling people what is wrong with the world while you make your millions of dollars and we all work for a measily paycheck that just barely covers rent and food as taxes keep increasing.
This is not to say that celebrities do not deserve the millions of dollars they are receiving, but the point is: we have become an America of materialism and opinions and professionals in politics when given the right platform. We love our beloved celebrities who entertain us. We love our smartphones that keep us occupied and updated with the world while taking a shit. Taking a stab at Apple, Disney, Amazon, and other top companies, who all reap the benefits of paying $0 in taxes, while taking advantage of children and the less fortunate in sweat shops, all so that — the group he should have also attacked, me and you – can take a shit while reading the contents on our $1,000 iPhones. I don’t have an iPhone 11 nor would I ever pay that much for a phone, but Apple charges that much for it, and people will pay it. It is so clear to see what has become so amazing for America and the world, but what has also become so completely wrong with the world as well.
It would have probably been better of NBC to ask for donations from the entire Hollywood elite to donate a piece of their fortunes to help fight the effort. After all, one billion animals were wiped out, including the species that are now completely extinct, 2,000 homes destroyed, and at least 25 to 30 deaths of human beings. This is not something to take lightly. 1,000,000,000 animals perished from Australia. This is a very sad fact. It is the only thing that was truly lacking while Gervais was on the soapbox. He should have personally mentioned that he was donating his payment for doing the Award show to an Australia relief fund.
Hopefully we do get another Golden Globes but it was literally turned into a Hollywood roast, which includes nameless celebrities, and those who are considered the Hollywood elite. Celebrities may not return, or it may be asked to be toned down, but for what we have going on in our world, it is certainly understandable. Everything is being exposed and it is horrifying to realize that the world has been running this way for at least half a century. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is: there will be only some that pay for it, while others will die before they even get their day in court.
Welcome to 2020 everyone. The world has gone mad. Things are on fire. Terrorism. War. We want our celebrities to know we love them very much and to keep on entertaining, but becareful when it comes to what you say on any platform, as it can and will be held against you in the world of Hollywood. That is not a threat from me. Seriously, having to watch some of your favorite celebrities destroy their careers in seconds is one of the most painful things to watch. We live in a very crazy world. Ongoing is the American drama since the start of our constitution, on July 4, 1776.