Ricky Gervais on Celebrities and Politics: “You Know Nothing About the Real World”

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.

So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and fuck off, OK?

—From Ricky Gervais’s opening monologue at the Golden Globe awards.


  1. Barnard Collier says

    “Jeffrey Epstein may be a friend of yours but he’s not a friend of mine so . . . . . .[sexual curse deleted].”

    ~ Gervais’s snarled words upon his final departure stage left.

    He had all but hung a sign around his neck that said, “Don’t Forget: Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself!”

    In fact, it seems to me, the disturbing character as played by Gervaise in his monologue hit most of the raw nerves he was aiming at while he also bit the hand that fed him.

    As for quelling political opinions by winners, he was not entirely successful and those brave enough to speak their political minds succinctly were applauded.

    • John Corcoran, Jr. says

      When I was covering entertainment in Hollywood, the only awards I really enjoyed covering was the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Press are just that–media–and they treat the media who cover them with respect. In the early days all Dick Clarke provided for media at the American Music Awards was coffee.

      It’s not that they owe you meal, it just that it’s a necessity. The coverage lasts far longer than the event and reporters and techies can be locked down for eight hours or more.

      The Globes serve real food on real china with real silverware.

      The fact they keep employing Gervais I believe is because they want to remind the people they cover that the Hollywood Press are media, and not afraid–as the piece notes–to bite the hand that feeds him. And I do so prefer the snark and truth of Ricky than the suckuppery of, say, the late Bob Hope.

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