Gervais' comments give Hollywood an education
Ricky Gervais, the perpetually snarky British comedian, set social media on fire after he mocked arrogant Hollywood in his opening monologue when hosting the Golden Globes.
"So if you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?" he said. "You're in no position to lecture the public -- about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg."
Uh-oh. Gervais explained that his approach was to mock the "privileged egos in the room" as if he were "the bloke sitting at home who shouldn't have been invited." It was too accurate to be funny. It stung. Los Angeles Times TV critic Lorraine Ali spoke for the Tinseltown crowd when she wrote, "The last thing anyone needed was for the smirking master of ceremonies to reprimand them for having hope."
Here's what Ali doesn't get. It's not that celebrities are dumber than average, though so many undoubtedly are. But being an actor or a director doesn't make you smarter . No one tends to look up celebrities' level of education when they pontificate -- or, as would be more appropriate, their level of expertise on whatever issue is floating their boat.
Add to that the arrogance they internalize for being an "artist" with the added "humanity" of pretending to be all kinds of different people. Their "compassion" is expected to overrule any question about their knowledge.
Of course, Gervais couldn't stop the inevitable pompous political speeches. Most notable was actress Michelle Williams' insisting she never would have arrived at her high station in Hollywood life without the ability to get an abortion.
Surprise, surprise! Williams stopped going to school at 15 -- a nearly exact match for Gervais' Greta Thunberg joke.
The other passionate speaker of the night was Patricia Arquette, who decried our nation being "on the brink of war" with "a president tweeting out a threat of 52 bombs including cultural sites, young people risking their lives traveling across the world, people not knowing if bombs are going to drop on their kids' heads." She urged everyone to vote (Democrat) in 2020.
Arquette ran away from home at 14 and never went to college. She has no expertise on foreign policy, national defense or geopolitical thought.
Everything that followed the Gervais comedy routine underlined his critique. Embarrassed by the Americans' taking out Iranian terrorist mastermind Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Michael Moore obsequiously apologized to Iran -- in Farsi.