At the 2020 Golden Globes, comedian Ricky Gervais tore into Hollywood hypocrites like no one has ever done before.
The epic crescendo of his roast went like this:
“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.”
Gervais delivered his jokes at a Golden Globes that had become so political, organizers provided an all-vegan menu, made mostly from mushrooms. That didn’t stop the attendees from all arriving in their own private limos and jets, of course.
According to one of Gervais’ tweets in the days following his viral monologue, he had gained 300,000 twitter followers in just a day or so.
Gervais’ comments were a breath a fresh air to a public that is getting very tired of celebrities chastising them for simply living their lives.
In contrast, according to Variety: “This year’s Emmys was the lowest-rated and least-watched in the show’s history, a refrain that is becoming all too familiar when discussing award show ratings lately. The Oscars recorded the show’s lowest viewership ever in 2018, while the Grammys hit a new all-time demo low in 2019.”
This year’s Golden Globes viewership was also down 2% from last year.
And why shouldn’t views be down? Apart from a few good apples, the vast majority of the movie, television, and music industries are made up of people whose celebrity status are dependent on the public watching, buying, or downloading their products.
When the icons then use the mouthpiece that comes with winning an award as a means to insult regular people for say driving cars or *gasp* even voting Republican once, it makes perfect sense that the public will just turn them off.
Leonardo DiCaprio gave one of the most famous (or infamous) political acceptance speeches in recent memory when he won the Oscar for Best Actor in The Revenant in 2016.
“We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”
Perhaps if DiCaprio didn’t party on giant oil-guzzling yachts or take flights halfway around the world just to accept an environmental award, the public would be more inclined to listen.
This is the exact theme that CFACT’s upcoming film, Climate Hustle 2: Rise of the Monarchy, will focus on. Rich elites use their platform to demonize capitalism, fossil fuels, eating meat, and having children. Meanwhile, they rake in millions from capitalistic ventures, fly in private jets, and own multiple homes with larger carbon footprints than some municipalities.
Look for that in a theater near you come Earth Week 2020 in April.
You can read Ricky Gervais’ full monologue here.