Ricky Gervais Wonders How Teasing Corporations, Elite Hollywood Is ‘Right Wing’
Ricky Gervais is hitting back at mainstream media criticism of his performance as host of the Golden Globes, pointing out that he took humorous aim at targets that liberals usually love to hate, like large corporations and the super wealthy.
Gervais tweeted Monday that people have been calling his Golden Globes jokes “right wing” despite the populist angle of his routine.
“How the fuck can teasing huge corporations, and the richest, most privileged people in the world be considered right wing?” Gervais asked.
Gervais appeared to be responding to comments like those from Vanity Fair writer and former Entertainment Weekly editor Mark Harris, who complained in a Twitter rant Monday that making fun of hypocritical celebrities is a “right-wing talking point.”
Harris, who is part of the showbiz elite by virtue of being married to Oscar-nominated screenwriter and celebrated playwright Tony Kushner, also called Gervais’s jokes about privileged celebrities “tired.”
“It’s not an act of speaking truth to power or of bravery to attack celebs on that front — it’s a tired way of scolding people into silence because you don’t like what they’re saying,” Harris wrote.
At the Beverly Hilton hotel on Sunday, “the mood was already sober thank to an impeachment, the threat of war with Iran, and devastating bush fires in Australia,” a Times critic wrote.
“The last thing anyone needed was for the smirking master of ceremonies to reprimand them for having hope, or taunt the room for trying to use their influence to change things for the better.”
During Sunday’s telecast, Gervais took aim at Apple, which recently became a major Hollywood player thanks to its new ventures Apple Studios and Apple TV+. Apple CEO Tim Cook was in attendance on Sunday.
“Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb show,” Gervais said. “A superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China.”
Addressing the ballroom full of celebrities, Gervais continued: “You say you’re ‘woke,’ but the companies you work for Apple, Amazon, Disney… if ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”