Jordan Sheppard|Staff Writer
The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards were Jan. 5, and the biggest highlight of the night came from the opening monologue of the award ceremony’s host, comedian Ricky Gervais.
In an eight-minute, witty, cutting speech, the three-time Golden Globe recipient and five-time host of the gilded event took the stage to dismantle the hypocritical nature in Hollywood.
Gervais created jokes that took shots at a range of topics and people, including the college admissions scandal involving Golden Globes winner Felicity Huffman, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the lack of diversity in the nominees.
However, the most notable part of Gervais’ speech came when he set his own rules for what the winners should do during their acceptance speeches.
“If you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech,” Gervais said. “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.”
Many of the winners of the night disregarded Gervais and went on to make political statements in their speeches.
Actors Joaquin Phoenix, Patricia Arquette and Russell Crowe, who sent in his speech, all addressed the wildfires in Australia and climate change.
Arquette, who won for her role in “The Act,” along with addressing the wildfires in Australia, also attacked Trump in his decision to kill an Iranian general.
After the award show, critics began to slam Gervais’s performance.
Pose actor Billy Porter, in an interview with TMZ, said: “That’s what we’re supposed to do. We are artists, and we have a say, too,” disagreeing with Gervais’ statement of celebrities needing to stay quiet.
Rolling Stone journalist Rob Sheffield simply called Gervais’ speech “incredibly stale.”
The issue with celebrities using their platform to make political statements at award shows is not the statement itself but rather who the person is making the statement.
There are many cases in which celebrities make political statements and rarely follow up. They do not really care about the issue; they just want it to appear as if they do.
There are also instances in which actors contradict themselves as Gervais stated later in his speech.
“Well, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for in China unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?” Gervais said.
How could you stand up for the rights of someone or for a certain cause, when the people you work for are also committing heinous acts?
Gervais also joked that many people in attendance were friends with Epstein, but want to pretend that they are “woke” people.
Many in Hollywood tend to hide in their truth, and when people such as Gervais bring that truth to light, many eyes begin to roll, and many become upset.
They also feel that since they have a certain amount of fame, they forget at times they are human and what affects the average, everyday person, affects them as well.
Celebrities should not stop addressing issues because the platform they stand on is bigger than most and could help push certain issues out into the forefront.
The solution is simple. Instead of always just speaking on an issue, do something about it.