Controversial host Ricky Gervais wasted no time at the Golden Globes awards in calling out a slew of Hollywood celebrities and their relationship to big corporations like Apple, Amazon, and Disney.
Gervais was returning for a record fifth time and had many celebrities squirming in their seats.
“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,” he said.” So you say you’re ‘woke,’ but the companies you work for, Apple, Amazon, Disney … If ISIS had a streaming service, you would be calling your agents.”
Gervais wasted no time in targeting the rich and famous, despite there being many famous faces in the audience, staring up at him. They included stars from movies such as “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Rocketman,” and “The Irishman” as well as shows like “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown” and “Barry.”
“So, if you win, come up, accept your little award tonight, come up, accept it, thank your agent and your God, and [expletive] off. No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”
Gervais took a stab at Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged close ties to Hollywood power brokers. He referenced his own role in the Netflix series After Life, where he plays a depressed man who avoids killing himself. “So, in the end, he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up, I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care,” Gervais said.
Taking a shot at Leonardo DiCaprio for his film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” complaining about the length of the film—three hours– Gervais said, “Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere, and, by the end, his date was too old for him.” He added: “Even Prince Andrew is like, ‘Come on Leo, mate. You’re nearly 50.”
He ended his scathing remarks by telling the stars, “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” he declared. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Despite his warning lecture to the stars, some of them gave political speeches when accepting awards.
Patricia Arquette gave her take on the state of America in her acceptance speech after receiving the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role.
“We’re not going to look back on this night in the history books. We will see a country on the brink of war, the United States of America. A president tweeted out a threat,” she said.
The star added, “While I love my kids so much, I beg of us all to give them a better world. For our kids and their kids, we have to vote in 2020, and we have to beg and plead for everyone we know to vote in 2020.”
Michelle Williams won the award for best actress performance in a limited series, and she turned her acceptance speech into a political statement. “Women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years,” she concluded. “Which is why the world looks so much like them. But don’t forget we are the largest voting body in this country, let’s make it look more like us,” reported Fox News.
You can see a list of winners of the awards here on GMA.