Ricky Gervais Tells Hollywood to 'F**k Off', Calls Them Out In Epic Golden Globes Opening Monologue
The open monologue was a blistering attack on a broken industry, along with the companies, CEO’s, and actors who’ve decided their political opinions should matter to the average person who pays their salary.
“Tonight isn’t just about the people in front of the camera,” Gervais said. “In this room are some of the most important TV and film executives in the world, people from every background, but they all have one thing in common: they’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow.”
For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond.
“He’s coming for you. He’s coming for you,” Gervais continued. “Look, talking of all you perverts, it was a big year, it was big year for pedophile movies, Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Never Land, Two Popes. Shut up, shut up, I don’t care, I don’t care.”
“No one cares about movies anymore, no one goes to the cinema, no one watches network TV,” Gervais continued. “Everyone’s watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out, going, ‘Well done Netflix, you win everything. Good night.'”
“But no, we drag it out three hours, you could binge watch the entire first season of ‘Afterlife’ instead of watching this show,” Gervias continued.
“That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself because his wife dies of cancer and it’s still more fun than this. Okay, spoiler alert, season two is on the way, so in the end obviously he didn’t kill himself – just like Jeffrey Epstein.”
The crowd initially laughed but groans quickly were heard across the room.
“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 sweat shops in China,” Gervais said.
“So, well, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for – I mean, unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you would call your agent, wouldn’t you?”
“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?” Gervais continued.
“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 f**k off. No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”
There were a whole lot of excellent reactions to Gervais' Golden Globes monologue, especially since he was roasting the entire audience. But, none was quite as instantly meme-able as Hanks' face.
The expression on Hanks' face truly says everything everyone is thinking in any awkward situation. Gervais' monologue might have brought on more than a few groans from the audience, but at least it helped Hanks give us 2020's first viral meme.
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