More than 48-hours after it all went down, everyone in Hollywood is still abuzz about the Golden Globes. Not because we care about who won (because lets be honest, no one really enjoys watching celebrities pat themselves on the back), but because of the way British funny-man Ricky Gervais made every A-List celebrity cringe at his ongoing commentary as he made an absolute mockery of the establishment that has peddled more trash than hits for decades.
While celebrities and their minions gasped and gaped in horror at Gervais’ brash, off-the-cuff humor that is his staple (Gervais is the creator of the British and American versions of The Office), the common man in me became a bigger fan of the unruly comedian despite his tendency sometimes to be crude and profane.
I mean, who didn’t enjoy Gervais’ introduction of Bruce Willis, referring to the Die Hard icon as Ashton Kutcher’s dad? So what if he chided the crowd about bad ratings for The Tourist or how Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, the movie’s star’s, merely came to the awards show to soak up some more admiration and crowd the spotlight or because they were bribed to attend?
In a post-show interview, Robert Downey, Jr. seemed more amused than put-off by Gervais who poked fun at the actors stints in rehab and jail. Downey was quoted as saying, “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?”
Mean-spirited is never easily digestable, but for me, I’m okay with the off-colored jokes when the ego’s of Hollywood’s elite are the main course. It’s about time someone said exactly what most of us are thinking most of the time. These pampered, millionaire freaks whose off-screen lives gives us more entertainment than we really want to see or hear about were due for a little bit of their own medicine.
Besides, I was always taught that if you can’t laugh at yourself, you may be missing the joke of the century. Hollywood has been too serious for too long and I’ m glad that guys like Gervais, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon are around to bring Hollywood A-Listers down a notch or two every now and again. Besides, do celebrities really need Gervais to embarrass them? As far as I know, they’ve been doing a pretty good job all by themselves for a very long time.