Ricky Gervais opened the 77th annual Golden Globes with what amounted to a trigger warning, before launching into a ruthless takedown of the Hollywood crowd.Â
âYouâll be pleased to know this is the last time Iâm hosting these awards, so I donât care anymore,â the British comedian said, noting he had hosted for the four previous years. âIâm joking. I never did.â
In case anyone had missed his point, Gervais added, âLetâs have a laugh at your expense, shall we? Remember, theyâre just jokes. Weâre all gonna die soon, and thereâs no sequel.â
Gervaisâ first target was Hollywood awards shows themselves. He recalled the scandal over Kevin Hartâs old anti-gay tweets, which led the actor to fire himself from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards.
âKevin Hart was fired from the Oscars because of some offensive tweets. Lucky for me, the Hollywood Foreign Press can barely speak English, and theyâve no idea what Twitter is,âÂ he said, implicitly acknowledging his own politically incorrect Twitter activity.
Gervais next took aim at Hollywood entitlement in the form of actress Felicity Huffman, who recently spent two weeks in prison for her involvement in a nationwide college entrance exam cheating ring.
âI came here in a limo tonight, and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman,â Gervais said. âItâs her daughter I feel sorry for. That must be the most embarrassing thing thatâs ever happened to her, and her dad was in âWild Hogs.’â
Ricky Gervais shows Hollywood his Golden Globes
After calling âThe Irishmanâ actor Joe Pesci âBaby Yoda,â Gervais warned all the Hollywood executives in the room that they could be the next casualty of the #MeToo movement.
âIn this room are some of the important TV and film executives in the world, people from every background. But they all have one thing in common. Theyâre all terrified of Ronan Farrow,â he said, referring to the investigative journalist who made a name for himself with exposes about sexual harassment and abuse. âHeâs coming for you.â
âTalking of you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies,â Gervais continued.â âSurviving R Kelly.â âLeaving Neverland.â âThe Two Popes.â
Having highlighted Hollywoodâs dirty underbelly, Gervais went after its self-conception as a place that promotes equal opportunity for minorities.
âMany talented people of color were snubbed in all major categories. Unfortunately thereâs nothing we can do about that. The Hollywood Foreign Press are all very, very racist,â he said.
âWe were gonna do an en memoriam this year, but when I saw the list of people that had died, it wasnât diverse enough. It just, no. It was mostly white people, and I thought, no, not on my watch. Maybe next year. Letâs see what happens.â
Continuing to literally and figuratively shrug at himself,Â Gervais quipped that nobody was watching the Golden Globes anyway, saying, âEveryoneâs watching Netflix.
He offhandedly suggested that Jefferey Epstein had not killed himself in prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
When the crowd moaned, Gervais added, âI know heâs your friend, but I donât care.â
Pushing on,Â Gervais joked that Americans only turn to Hollywood these days for superhero blockbusters, which he said have transformed actors in nothing more than buffed drug addicts.
âAll the best actors have jumped to Netflix and HBO. And the actors who just do Hollywood movies do fantasy adventure nonsense,â he said.
âThey wear masks and capes, and really tight costumes. Their job isnât acting anymore. Itâs going to the gym twice a day and taking steroids. Have we got an award for most ripped junkie?â
Gervais then called out a few more celebrities by name.
He hit Leonardo DiCaprio for his affinity for young women.
ââOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood,â nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere, and by the end, his date was too old for him,â he said, before comparing the actor to the British prince disgraced by the Epstein revelations. âEven Prince Andrewâs like, âCome on, Leo, mate. Youâre nearly 50, son.â
Gervais wrapped up his monologue with an epic rant about the hypocrisy of liberal elites in Hollywood and Silicon Valley alike.
âApple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show,â Gervais said. âA superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China.â
Gervais then turned his attention to all the actors, writers and directors in the room.
âWell, you say youâre woke, but the companies you work forâŚunbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you would call your agent, wouldnât you?â
As the audience laughed nervously, Gervais, offered some advice to the nominees.
âSo if you do win an award tonight, donât use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?â he said. âYouâre 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.â
Actor Tom Hanksâ shocked expression subsequently went viral online.
All of Hollywood when Ricky Gervais tells them that no one cares about their political opinions: pic.twitter.com/CQreakKKTg
â Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) January 6, 2020
Despite Gervaisâ admonition, though, the evening was filled with liberal politics.
Patricia Arquette, in accepting a supporting actress in a limited series award for her role in Huluâs âThe Act,â pleaded with the audience to consider the threat of another extended conflict in the Middle East.
Michelle Williams, who won best actress in a limited series for the FXâs âFosse/Verdon,â delivered a feminist pro-abortion acceptance speech.
And Sacha Baron Cohen, who appeared onstage as a presenter, took a shot at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly allowing Nazis to run rampant on the platform.
Meanwhile, according to People magazine, the crowd for the first time dined on an entirely vegan dinner in the name of fighting climate change.
Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Beverley Hills, California, on Jan. 5, 2020. (Twitter)