Monday, January 17, 2011

Did Ricky Gervais go too far at the Golden Globes?

It's no secret that I never miss watching the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and the Tony awards shows. Any other awards shows are hit-and-miss. My personal favorite hosts of these award shows are Billy Crystal and Hugh Jackman. With these men at the helm, it makes these self congratulatory, less than humble awards shows palatable.

Certainly, the organizers of the Golden Globes show knew to expect the unexpected from this year's host, Ricky Gervais. He did the hosting duties last year and they invited him back. Last night, he made fun of the Hollywood Foreign Press, celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr., Bruce Willis, and countless others. Gervais is totally irreverent, but isn't he always? He's doing what Don Rickles has been doing for 60 years, only with a British accent.

Oh my goodness - the Hollywood community and the online press is abuzz this morning, saying that Gervais went too far. It's interesting about the slant of the comments - very different points of view depending upon if they are in the U.S. or the U.K. People commenting on Twitter are very much pro-Gervais.

From the Telegraph in the UK: Ricky Gervais is unlikely to be invited back as Golden Globes host after he mocked the organisers and insulted Hollywood celebrities.

Fox News: Ricky Gervais Draws More Gasps than Grins

Los Angeles Times: Ricky Gervais snarkfest

Reuters: Ricky Gervais too funny for Hollywood

Well, well, well. The big egos of the Hollywood film industry have become so accustomed to people fawning all over them that they apparently believe their own publicity. Gervais said nothing that has not already been said by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel or any of the other late night talk show hosts. Gervais just told the jokes in prime time - and directly in front of the people who the jokes were about.

There's just one thing to say to the Hollywood folks whose egos were fractured last night. It's the classic Jack Nicholson line from A Few Good Men: "You can't handle the truth."

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