I’m not a contrarian just to be different. I’m a contrarian because I’m right a lot of the times.
That said, here goes: Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes monologue was neither brave nor edge, and it changes nothing.
Ricky Gervais, like most comedians, hit a lot of soft targets. He was insulting the most easily insultable people on the face of the planet next to greedy, unintelligent, and vapid power-hungry politicians: greedy, unintelligent, and vapid power-hungry celebrities.
He called them stupid and uninformed! Ha ha ha! Wow! He made an Epstein joke! So edgy! His edgelordiness is making me bleed through my TV! Wow! A very slight Leonardo DiCaprio joke that kinda-sorta hints he may have unsavory desires for children when in reality he does what every rich and powerful man does which is date women much younger than him. What courage! Look, Ricky Gervais called the Foreign Press Corp “racist” for not having more people of color be nominated for various things. He’s the next Carlin!
Ricky Gervais is still an obnoxious, nihilistic asshole who hates you and everyone like you even though he cracked a few moderately chuckle-worthy jokes about Hollywood celebrities to their faces. If you’re a Christian, Ricky Gervais hates you. If you voted for Donald Trump, Ricky Gervais hates you. If you’re anything but a raging leftist atheist, Ricky Gervais hates you.
You have no allies in the mainstream entertainment industry. Not one. People on this side of the great divide need to stop with this embarrassing trend of trying to find “our guy” in the enemy trenches. they don’t exist. If they existed, they wouldn’t be in the enemy trenches.
Everyone in the system has been co-opted, and has probably done some really disgusting stuff to get there.
Don’t get excited about Ricky Gervais’s lame jokes that did not really go for the jugular, truly offend, or hit Hollywood where it hurts. He did not actually address any issues that matter, drop truth bombs or lob rhetorical Molotov cocktails at anyone, anywhere, and oblivious Hollywood weirdos and creeps will continue to do their thing, subverting and inverting and corrupting the culture to your detriment and their benefit. Remember: the entertainment industry will never change their behavior; their job is to change yours.
So anyway, sorry to fling all these needles at your balloons, but I’m right.