Ricky Gervais’ Political Opening Monologue at Golden Globes 2020
The 77th Golden Globes 2020 show just took place and it was certainly interesting. There were many highlights of the show such as Awkafina being the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe! Though, one of the things that people can’t stop talking about is Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue and overall hosting. Gervais was known as the best host of the Golden Globes because of his ability to say whatever the hell he wanted. While this strategy worked quite well over the past few years, people didn’t appreciate it as much this time around.
Opening Monologue | Talks About Representation for People of Color
From taking a dig at Jeffrey Epstein to talking about how there is no good cinema left anymore, Ricky Gervais went all out.
He starts off by stating that a lot of talented people of color did not get nominations in major categories in the Golden Globes 2020:
Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about that. Hollywood Foreign press are all very racist. Fifth time. So. We were going to do an In-Memoriam this year, but when I saw the list of people who died, it wasn’t diverse enough. No, it was mostly white people and I thought, nah, not on my watch. Maybe next year. Let’s see what happens.
Very unique way of putting it by Gervais, but he is right. A lot of worthy actors and actresses that are people of color did not receive Golden Globes 2020 nominations. Notable examples include Niecy Nash and Jharrel Jerome from ‘When they see us’. Euphoria’s Zendaya was snubbed as well. Despite a lot of critical acclaim for her role on ‘Us’, Lupita Nyong’o didn’t get any Golden Globes 2020 nomination at all! Truly saddening. Billy Porter did win last year’s Emmys but didn’t manage to score a nomination for the 77th Golden Globes.
Then Ricky Gervais does a commentary on how today’s cinema isn’t as great as it once was, and streaming services were the reason!
No one cares about movies anymore. No one goes to the cinema, no one really watches network TV. Everyone is watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out, going, “Well done Netflix. You win everything. Good night.” But no, we got to drag it out for three hours.
Gervais Mentions Jeffrey Epstein
Before it seemed like he was making fun of Netflix, he quickly promoted his own Netflix show ‘After Life’, which has been renewed for a second season. While promoting ‘After Life’, he took a dig at Hollywood’s connection with Jeffrey Epstein:
You could binge-watch the entire first season of Afterlife instead of watching this show. That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself cause his wife dies of cancer and it’s still more fun than this. Spoiler alert, season two is on the way so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up. I know he’s your friend but I don’t care.
Epstein was a financier with major connections with Hollywood with big names like Woody Allen, Ralph Fiennes, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker. He was later revealed to be a convicted sex offender who is believed to have killed himself while in jail. Though, people doubt that it was a suicide.
Ricky Gervais Mocks Hollywood as a Whole
He mocked the Felicity Huffman college admission scandal where she had paid for her daughter’s SAT scores. Ricky Gervais also mentioned Leonardo DiCaprio’s interesting dating life where he always dates girls much younger than him.
Though, his honest review of the movie ‘Cats’ was perhaps my favorite:
The world got to see James Corden as a fat pussy. He was also in the movie Cats. No one saw that movie. And the reviews, shocking. I saw one that said, “This is the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs.” But Dame Judi Dench defended the film saying it was the film she was born to play because she loves nothing better than plunking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg and licking her ass. (Coughs.) Hairball. She’s old-school.
Ricky Gervais also advised all the winners to not make their speech political because all of Hollywood is quite hypocritical:
Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?
For those who didn’t appreciate the blunt jokes of Ricky Gervais in the 2020 Golden Globes, he has something to say to you:
1. Simply pointing out whether someone is left or right wing isn't winning the argument.
2. If a joke is good enough, it can be enjoyed by anyone.
3. It's not all about you.
4. Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 8, 2020