Liberal Hollywood has demonstrated once again that there is only one sacred cow that can’t be skewered – Liberal Hollywood. Comedian Ricky Gervais, no doubt busy penning 2011’s Wall Street Journal Christmas-atheist op-ed, found time in his schedule to helm the Golden Globes.
It was the second straight year hosting for Gervais, who came off atypically tame at last year’s awards. He was anything but this year, with a blistering monologue that left a smoldering crater where the floor of the Beverly Hilton had been. He limbered up with some Charlie Sheen jokes—easy enough—then laid into dubious movie nominee The Tourist (stopping to apologize, “I haven’t even seen the Tourist! Who has?”) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself. (The foreign press, he said, contrary to rumors did not nominate the film just to hang out with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. “They also accepted bribes.”)
Gervais’ act included jabs at sexual orientation of certain Scientologists, exposing Hollywood’s version of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Actors who overcame drug addiction were fair game, which is odd considering the only other time Hollywood questions addiction is when it’s rooted in a conservative radio host’s chronic back pain. Even Ashton Kutcher, fresh off his Krav Maga combat training for the apocalypse, wasn’t spared. Needless to say, the stars were not happy:
Toward the end of the Globe ceremony, presenters Tom Hanks and Tim Allen got in on the Gervais bashing.
“We can recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby and very kind comedian,” Hanks said.
“Neither of which he is now,” Allen added quickly.
Some of us remember a time when Tom Hanks was a funny comedian, too. Then he became America’s (liberal) Historian and he lost his sense of humor. In fact, it was replaced with the same kind of rhetoric liberal media outlets used to imply Sarah Palin was responsible for the actions of a madman!
TOM HANKS [posing as a producer while on MSNBC]: We can go back to the Italian FOX Network.
I want to show that again because I’ll add the translation. I think the problem with the Tea Party members is that right now, they’re not going to get along. We have to all be – I tell you right now, you know, you put that on the Internet like that, I’m going to kill you. That’s not the right story. You can’t do that to Ann Coulter. She’s a pretty woman.
I suppose Tom Hanks considers himself a “kind” comedian – the type that makes jokes about Tea Party members killing television producers. I’d tell Ricky to look over his shoulder, but we all know he only picks targets that won’t fire back. Tom Hanks will retire to his mansion and grumble until campaign season kicks off, and Christians around the globe are too busy to care because they’re busy running for their lives.(Gervias closed out the Golden Globes with, “I’d like to thank God—for making me an atheist.”)
Hollywood and Ricky Gervais are perfect for one another, a symbiotic relationship of prickly narcissists who need an uber-narcissist like Gervais to shock them into rare moments of self-reflection.
What Ricky and Tom need a lesson in is God-given free will. It’s the same free will that Gervais exercised as he made the conscious decision not to offend fatwa-issuing radical Muslims. It’s also what Tom Hanks used when he decided to make Tea Party murder jokes not so long ago.
If the outer limits of Gervais’s artistic courage only extends to distasteful Robert Downey Jr. rehab jokes, he’s not a genius. He’s just a mean. Likewise, if Liberal Hollywood’s empathy and outrage only extends to members of its inner circle, it’s fitting that Gervais should play ringmaster for them at the Golden Globes.
Galatians 6:7-8: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”