I didn't watch the Golden Globes. I thought about it... but then other things sounded better, so I skipped the TV.
Leave it to me to miss a scandal.
At work today, a friend came up and informed me that Ricky Gervais took no prisoners in an offensive onslaught of mean-spirited comedy.
So, naturally, I looked it up on youtube.
Considering how offensive I thought the jokes would be, I was somewhat underwhelmed. They didn't seem that bad, really, which made me wonder why hackles were up. All the comments online say that stupid Americans just don't know how to laugh at themselves (probably written by stupid Americans themselves, who consider themselves more enlightened or "euro" than the common American), and I found myself disagreeing.
Americans know how to laugh at themselves.
We do it all the time. I think most people just aren't used to dressing up in fine apparel, investing in the best money can buy, and putting their best foot forward only to have someone throw a chili dog on them and dump a drink in their hair.
My thoughts for the raised hackles are these: An award ceremony, celebrating the best in an industry is not a "roast." Or if it is, the dress code and the logo probably imply it.
And also, insults don't sit as well when they're issued from one of the least accomplished (that is a snipe as his 2D portfolio... about as diverse as "The Tourist" and Sylvester Stallone's bio) and least manicured people in the room (although Annette Benning beat you there, Gervais. Nice try, though). Respect comes from doing something and doing it well. Only then can you really look at a room of people who are better than you and say, "You're amazing!" Or look at that same room of people and make them laugh. Ricky's jokes were so basal that they were more appropriate for a routine comedy club with a $5 cover. Tragically, based on that monologue, he wouldn't even make it to the Top 10 of Last Comic Standing.
But I digress. My point is, I think Ricky Gervais was (allegedly) "pulled" from the second half of the show because he ignored/didn't understand one essential point: The Golden Globes are not about mocking those who contributed to the "best" films of the year for the purpose of propelling your own notoriety. They are about applauding those who shape and exemplify an impossibly competitive business and make it thrive. Yes, people want to laugh. That's why they hire comedians. But they don't want to run into each other after the show and grimace at each other over a snipe they'd both rather not talk about.
And to create such an ambiance, the consistently mean-spirited and disrespectful need not apply.
That's why I think some people are walking around with hackles raised today... are you one of them?
And now that it's a given that Ricky Gervaise will not host next year, who do you think should?