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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ricky Gervais Should Know Better Than to Mess with the All-Powerful, Glitzy Stars of Hollywood

Ricky Gervais trashed Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Hugh Hefner, Mel Gibson, God, Tom Cruise (and the list goes on) last night when he hosted the Golden Globes. But the joke that got him in the most trouble was when he made fun of Philip Berk, the current head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA for short). 'Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure,' a member of the HFPA tells me, adding that Gervais' relentlessly mean shtick could have even larger consequences. 'For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.'"

—PopEater columnist Rob Shuter

First of all, celebrities can't take hits to their images in the form of jokes? They expose themselves to that....by being celebrities (and by being ridiculous for the most part). If Ricky Gervais went too far, then how much trouble is Joel McHale (The Soup) in?

Second, it's not like he joked about things we weren't already thinking about and that we weren't already aware of. The jokes would not have been funny if they weren't true. God DID make Ricky an atheist. The Tourist DID suck. Tom Cruise IS gay. (Just kidding!!!!!!!) But you know what we mean. You can say, "Well the celebrities' reps have a right to complain because blows to their image could mean blows to their career and loss of revenue." Sorry, but Charlie Sheen brought those jokes on himself by his own actions. And his Hugh Hefner jokes were right on.

Third, we're sure Ricky is weeping into his pillow at the thought of never getting a Golden Globe or going back to that rigged, shallow ego-fest. (sarcasm)

Doesn't anyone have a sense of humor anymore? (SOME of actors do http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/showbiz/2011/01/17/bts.gg.backstage.ricky.gervais.cnn.html)
The man was hilarious. As Ricky himself said, "If they didn't want me, they shouldn't have hired me." He's going to be himself. He's not going to kiss celeb butt or worship them. It's not like they are high samurai to be honored or something. He wasn't rude. It was just fine. And his fake feud with Steve Carell is golden.

If you missed it, here's some of his Globes material from last year (after that, what did they expect this year?):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwH0HfbYHlM
AAAAnd from the offending year (last Sunday)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_MjpTrSq5s&feature=related

5 comments:

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  2. Exactly. The fallout for this thing has only helped his career. Ricky Gervais fans probably think this is the greatest thing ever. I'm not a fan of his because of that condescending movie he made about religion, so I usually welcome Ricky Gervais criticism from people who were kissing up to him after last year, but the HFPA should really have known whom they were hiring.

    Also, the shady Golden Globes is SO rigged!

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  3. That movie WAS condescending. As Christians, we can usually laugh at ourselves and religion. We love each and every episode of South Park. Come on. But that movie suggested that religion is to comfort the weak. Pretty arrogant. But that movie is over, so he has to move onto other ideas, and we loved him at the Globes.

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  4. Did you guys see this:

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/01/20/natalie-portmans-laugh-brendan-fraser-clap/

    So funny.

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