“Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right.”
Actor and Comedian Ricky Gervais has spent the past week responding to hate flooding in from blue checkmarks on Twitter who didn’t exactly love his speech at Hollywood’s most prestigious ceremony.
On January 5, Gervais hosted the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in California. Gervais gave a “controversial” opening monologue, taking shots at celebrities’ egos and their misplaced entitlement to imposing their unwanted political opinions on people living in reality. Although the entirety of the speech was not politically-charged, it seems to be the public’s main takeaway.
“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.”
For some reason, celebrities have taken it upon themselves to force their political opinions on the world, even though most are high school drop-outs while portraying themselves as Harvard graduates, but don’t even get me started on that. We look to celebrities for entertainment, not aggressive political opinions, or any opinions in general.
Gervais closed his speech by saying, “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
While extremely humorous, the most remarkable aspect of this speech is Gervais’ boldness. The world of Hollywood is filled with celebrities that feel they are the voices of America, the all-knowing saviors of the world; but much to their chagrin, our country has diverse beliefs. Celebrities do not speak for all Americans, even though their massive social media platforms might lead them to believe otherwise.
Fortunately, Gervais took advantage of his platform and spoke for the rest of us: the vast portion of the world that is sick and tired of having political opinions forced down our throats by entertainment elites. Thank you, Ricky Gervais!