Go Ricky

Celebrities are stupid, stupid people. They’re almost as stupid as the reporters that write about them.

In the ‘wake’ of Ricky Gervais’ brilliant hosting of the 68th Golden Globe Awards, this stupidity has become painfully apparent.

Gervais delivered a sharp criticism of Hollywood with a fervour not seen on this side of the Atlantic. He took shots at Charlie Sheen, Sex and the City 2, Tom Cruise, Hugh Hefner and the Hollywood Foreign Press Agency itself.

HFPA president Philip Berk said he thought Gervais “definitely crossed the line,” as reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

What line exactly?

The line of excitement.

Award shows are, by nature, totally boring. They are among the most controlled and choreographed events on television, devoid of much unpredictability or controversy. Without Kanye West, they’d all be like watching paint dry. Nobody even cares who wins!

Gervais didn’t go after anybody who didn’t deserve it.

Hefner called his jokes “cheap shots” on his Twitter, but he married a woman 60 years his junior. I think he deserves all he can get.

Here’s how celebrity works. A group of relatively talentless beautiful people ask us to invest our time and money into worshipping both them and their products.

They complain about the paparazzi and the perils of fame, but they have it pretty easy. There are plenty of celebrities who stay out of the spotlight and are able to live their lives.

Johnny Depp is a great example.

It’s no wonder that the ones that have the least talent are the ones who are the most threatened. The rumour mills are reporting that meatheads Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone almost started a fight with Gervais—stopped only by class-acts Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg.

These aforementioned rumour mills are also to blame. They will sensationalize any award show controversy, however trivial.

Contrarily, CNN compiled some interviews with Christian Bale, Paul Giamatti, Al Pacino and other smart, talented actors that understood and supported the mechanisms of Gervais’ routines.

Bride of Skeletor Jennifer Lopez also said she threatened to fight him.

Obviously, that’s a sign that you’re doing something right.

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