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Ricky Gervais Burns Hollywood: ‘You Know Nothing About the Real World’

Posted on | January 6, 2020 | No Comments

 

Everybody on Twitter was talking about this Sunday night:

Host Ricky Gervais used his opening remarks at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night to scold his celebrity audience for hypocritically promoting progressive ideas despite the skeletons in their own industry’s closet.
“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” said Gervais. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Gervais alluded to several of the various scandals that have rocked Hollywood in the past few years. He warned movie executives that Ronan Farrow “is coming for you,” and joked that Felicity Huffman—who served time for her role in the college admissions fraud—was busy making license plates.
Gervais also referenced Epstein’s suicide, which prompted some boos from the audience. But the comedian didn’t miss a beat. “Shut up,” said Gervais. “I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care.”
Speaking for the millions of people who would rather not be lectured about climate change by a bunch of movie stars and their private jets, Gervais concluded his remarks by warning the night’s award winners not to make any obnoxiously woke political statements.
“Come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f–k off,” he said.

 

Most Americans have stopped watching these award shows. The ratings are in the toilet because network TV is dying, the victim of Internet streaming. A “celebrity” is now any cute 19-year-old girl with a YouTube channel and an Instagram account. Every so often, Twitter erupts in a firestorm of messages declaring that some allegedly “famous” person (e.g., James Charles) has been “cancelled,” and the first thing I have to do is figure out who this “famous” person is. Excuse me if I descend into Boomer nostalgia here, but before the Internet, and before there were 220 cable TV channels, we had exactly three networks, and if you weren’t on NBC, ABC or CBS, you weren’t famous. Now?

Gregory Daniel Jackson, a/k/a “Onision,” is a YouTube personality with about 2 million subscribers who was originally famous for a silly performance called “I’m a Banana.” Now 33 years old, Onision has been called “YouTube’s most troubled star” because of his “bizarre and disturbing” content and his habit of provoking controversy. He is militant about veganism, for example, calling meat-eaters “murderers,” and despises Christianity, calling the Bible “a book of hate.”

Two million YouTube subscribers is a pretty big audience, but I never heard of this guy until he was accused of being a creep. Certainly, in the days of three networks, there were TV stars who were creeps, but now you’ve got random creeps becoming “famous” on the Internet — two million subscribers! — without any adult ever knowing who they are.

My point is . . . Well, I’m sure there must be a point in all this, but I don’t have time to think about it now because we might be at war with Iran by the time I could finish explaining why life was better when we only had three TV networks and no Internet. If you’re old enough to know what I mean, you’re probably eligible for a senior citizen discount — $7.59, drinks included! — at the Golden Corral buffet.

If you’ll hit the freaking tip jar for $7.59, I’ll post a picture of my buffet plate on my Instagram account. Because I’m celebrity, too . . .



 

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