I support Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes gagfest
‘Tasteless, bordering on nasty’ New York Daily News.
‘Mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones’ Robert Downey Jr.
Sadly these aren’t quotes from the poster of the Best Movie winner from the 96th Golden Globe Awards in LA, they’re the tip of the backlash iceberg following Ricky Gervais‘ controversial hosting style.
But before I get into it, there’s nothing worse than people moaning about comedy not being funny without seeing it – for every one person who actually watched Frankie Boyle’s show, there are a thousand who complained about it – so here’s a link to Ricky‘s ‘best bits’ from the Globes. Watch it now, before you allow an uneducated opinion to form…
Watched it? If you didn’t (you know who you are), here are three of his best/most offensive lines:
‘Please welcome Ashton Kutcher’s dad… Bruce Willis!’
‘Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail… please welcome Robert Downey Jr.’
‘It’s gonna be a night of partying and heavy drinking or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast.’
Personally, I think Ricky was funny. Not as funny as when he was in The Office, or Extras, but way funnier than a bunch of moaning actors going on about their ‘craft’. If you hire a near-the-knuckle comedian you know exactly what you’re going to get. Ricky will have left with a big cheque and a pat on the back from the organisers for causing just the right amount of outrage, and a huge amount of media attention – for an event that is basically The Oscars on training wheels.
So Hollywood, quit your moaning, and if you’re worried about upsetting people – stop hiring our comedians!
P.S. The funniest thing I’ve read about the whole thing is this comment on YouTube. It’s genius, whether the writer meant it or not: ‘If Charlie Sheen was offended by Ricky Gervais’ joke at the Golden Globes, he needs to get off his high whores.’
Now that’s comedy.