Jack Nicholson, while playing the part of the Joker in the movie “Batman”, once said “wait ’til they get a load of me.” Of course, when he said it he had transformed from an average-looking person to the freak that is the Joker. In contrast, days after the Golden Globes people are comparing Ricky Gervais’ monologue equivalent to something the Joker would say in the movie Batman. To me, this doesn’t make sense. I also find it hard to parse any falsehoods from what he said.
Take for instance what he said about Charlie Sheen;
“…he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife, went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in the cupboard”
That’s a piece of fucking gold! That was funny, and it was entirely true. Besides, you just can’t make this stuff up, and if someone is stupid enough to commit this act then shouldn’t they feel a little uncomfortable amongst their peers? I mean, the guy negotiated a two million dollar per episode contract for “Two and a Half Men”. It is also worth pointing out that in addition to being a sex-craved drunk and drug addict he is also a pure product of nepotism.
Then he set his sights on “The Tourist”, the Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie movie. He simply stated that it was nominated despite poor box office performance. Well, that is true. He further went on to say that the Hollywood Foreign Press was bribed. Maybe they were bribed with Cher tickets. I don’t care who you are–that was funny. What was also funny was his stinging bit about “Sex and the City Part 2” not getting nominated. He felt they should have had a special-effects nomination to the person who airbrushed the promo posters–on the account that the women are really old. Well…they are old. What was even funnier was that he said they were in episodes of “Bonanza”.<—Priceless! Then there was one bit about the movie “I love you Phillip Morris”. Ricky went on to say how shocked he was that a movie with two heterosexual actors playing the part of two gay’s didn’t get nominated. The complete opposite of a famous Scientologist, then. Ouch, that probably hurt Tom Cruise but Ricky never mentioned Tom by name. So, if Tom is offended then it probably is the truth. Moving along to Hugh Hefner, “the walking dead” and a message to Hef’s 24 year old girlfriend “..don’t look at it when you touch it”. Hey, that’s some funny shit right there.
Here is the sad fact; we live in an age in which anyone can add the title comedian to their resume. Ricky Gervais is not your typical comedian–he is the guy that you wish you could be. Have you ever wanted to tell someone something, but you didn’t want to hurt their feelings? So, you decided to talk about them behind their back. That is the difference, because Ricky said everything that people have been saying about these certain celebrities–but he did it to their face!
In order to make it in Hollywood; it is said that one must possess thick skin. One must also adapt to rejection and harsh criticism., but once a person makes it–they get to reap in the rewards. These rewards amount to money, a lavish lifestyle and the ability to experience anything. Anything beyond their wild imagination. Ricky is no exception, and what he did that night should be commended. He was deflating the egos of a pretentious bunch while making the ones “outside of the club” laugh. In a way, he added levity. If you want to see the video of his opening monologue click here. To the people who were taken-aback by his comments–lighten up. There are soldiers dying everyday for the freedoms that we express