Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

More and more, awards shows are a platform for political opinions. From the Time’s Up movement about sexual assault at the 2018 Golden Globes, to acceptance speeches attacking presidents and climate change, the awards show season is always a politically charged time for Hollywood and this year was no different. 

This is the fifth time that comedian Ricky Gervais, who is most famous for his role in the UK version of the Office, has hosted the Golden Globes and he decided it was the perfect opportunity to share his own political views. When it comes to offending people, it appears he doesn’t care anymore. 

One of his biggest moments of the night came in his opening monologue. He commented on Apple’s new streaming service, and then pulled no punches as he lectured the attendees for their hypocrisy.

“Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. 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?”

So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. 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,” said Gervias according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Gervais definitely knew that the truth hurts, and is probably hoping that he will never host the awards show again. Next year will also have a pair of repeat hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. According to CNN, the pair have hosted three times in the past, from 2013-2015.

Many other awards shows are moving to less traditional hosts. After the issues with Kevin Hart, the Academy Awards will not have a host at all for the second year in a row and Alicia Keys will host the Grammys for the second year in a row.