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Golden Globes – Highlights and Lowlights

Jan 7, 2020

Terrific truths and appalling lies were both heard at the Golden Globes:

OK, a few disclaimers here. I am not a Hollywood culture vulture, nor do I spend much time watching things like awards’ shows. I am not even sure of the difference between an Emmy and an Oscar. And I did not watch the recent 77th Golden Globe Award ceremony – not a moment of it.

But like so many others, I have since seen some highlights from it. Even from just seeing a few of these, it is clear that there were some standout moments in which truth was actually proclaimed. But there were also some atrocious moments when the dark, ugly side of the Hollyweird crowd was fully on display.

As far as the good stuff goes, the obvious winner from the night came in the form of the remarks made by the host, English comedian and actor Ricky Gervais. Evidently, he has hosted this show before, and is known for his sharp wit and his take-no-prisoners approach to dealing with his audience.

He did not disappoint on Sunday night, taking swipes at plenty of the egotistical and overly-paid big wigs there, including Hollywood crim Felicity Huffman, and sexual deviant Jeffrey Epstein. And he targeted some of those who were so very proud of their leftist credentials:

“Apple rolled into the TV game with a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. So, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”

But the super-highlight of the night came when he said this:

“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. If you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f**k off.”

As I just told a friend earlier today, it is really neat when truth makes it into the public arena from quite unexpected sources. I know little about Gervais, but as far as I can tell he is no diehard conservative. And it appears that he certainly is not a Christian either. But boy, he sure nailed it there – massively.

Indeed, just to see big cheese celebs like Tom Hanks squirming in their seats when he was saying this made my day. Good on ya Ricky. One word of truth outweighs all the pious claptrap that we hear from most of the other megalomaniac celebs there. You can see his remarks here: www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ricky-gervais-golden-globes-monologue-gets-political-1266308

And sadly most of them fully ignored his advice. They went on with all their stupid PC speeches, including whining about climate change and all the examples of the latest cause célèbre. It is as predictable as it is tiresome to hear these filthy rich – and often filthy-tongued – hot shots lecturing us on morality and ethics. Puh-leeese, spare me.

Indeed, these sermons delivered from on high by these folks were among the many lowlights of the night. So much pontificating and moralising by some of the most immoral and shallow people in the nation. All these lectures about how others should live frugally and greenly while they ignore everything they just said and fly around in their private jets and so on. Just shut up already.

But out of so many lows, this had to be the absolute lowest of the evening, when another celeb that I never heard of implied that she killed her own babies so she could ‘make it’ in Hollywood. Yep, you heard me right. Actress Michelle Williams said this after winning an award for something:

“As women and as girls things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice. I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over it – sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, but one that I have carved with my own hand. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose.”

And the only thing worse was the fact that she was clearly pregnant as she was gloating over her “right to choose”. Indeed, she went on to say this: “So 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.” Killing your own baby is the height of self-interest all right.

What an utterly debauched and depraved culture we find ourselves in when a woman can get up before a crowd and celebrate the fact that she can kill her own children in order to succeed in her career – in this case, to make it big in Hollywood.

Of course she is not alone in this – millions of other mothers have done exactly the same thing. As I wrote last year about another woman in a similar position:

Here we have a seemingly intelligent and progressive young woman celebrating the fact that she is really making it big because she was willing to kill her very own baby to achieve it. But the answer is surely never to kill the baby. Adoption is always an option. Indeed, there are far more families wanting to adopt babies than there are babies available. So just because the mother does not want the baby does not mean it is unwanted by everyone else. Many would desperately love to be able to raise, nurture and care for the baby. But it seems selfishness reigns supreme here. billmuehlenberg.com/2019/06/10/celebrating-murder-look-what-it-did-for-my-career/

As always, we can and should pray for such folks. Pray that they get a revelation of the heart of God on this, and learn about the sanctity of life, the brevity of earthly careers, and the need to get our priorities right.

And since God can even use Balaam’s ass to speak truth, pray that he raises up more people like Ricky Gervais to get some truth out to where it is desperately needed. And pray that they all might come to know God through Christ as well.

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17 Responses to Golden Globes – Highlights and Lowlights

  • I too liked what Gervais had to say at the Globes (not that I watched it). Like many comedians he has an amazing ability to recognise the paradoxes in life and identify conflicting aspects within the confusing complexity of human beings. He is the author of some of some outstanding comedy in recent times. However he is also a man whose current run of comedy shows is centred around his hatred of God. As he says… “And what’s the term for believing that the same God who ignored the holocaust will help you win an award”.

    Pray that this man comes to a epiphany about who God is and why, even though He is sovereign, He allows horror in this world.

  • I didn’t watch the show either but on ABC news Russell Crowe was reported as pontificating on climate change as he remained at his property in NSW defending it from the fires. He had the audacity to use his platform to declare that what was happening in NSW was directly because of climate change and the infection of politicians, plain and simple. Not an ounce of proof. Funny how they demand the right to build their homes deep in the bush with trees growing right up against the buildings and cry foul when nature does it’s thing… Then they expect everyone to empty their pockets to help them rebuild their forest homes. Same for people who build at the water’s edge or on a cliff…. Ridiculous.

  • Because of the inanity of TV generally – and many shows of this ilk – I haven’t watched TV for the last year – and I’m not missing it! I am incredulous that the average Joe Blow will readily accept every word of these so-called “celebrities” and “stars” who have no greater authority to postulate on the world’s issues than the average Joe Blow, then like sheep they take on their leftist, Godless opinions as gospel truth. I know how corrupt and sleazy Hollywood is (probably always has been) with many “big stars” deeply involved in dark matters a la Weinstein. I’m pleasantly surprised that Ricky Gervais had such positive comments to make – although I wonder whether this might be his last time hosting the Golden Globes seeing he’s cutting close to the bone! We’ll wait and see what next year brings, eh?

  • Melanie Phillips has written a truly awesome piece:

    The “woke” are the west’s home-grown tinpot tyrants. Masquerading as campaigners against hate, their entire purpose is to spread hatred.

    They spread hatred against people they say are racist, fascist, white supremacist, sexist, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, climate-change deniers – for no other reason than their targets are people who uphold fundamental western norms of morality, rationality, decency and humanity.

    They hate those who tell the truth. They hate those who stand for justice against injustice, for freedom against tyranny, for the weak against the strong, for victims against oppressors, for truth against lies. They hate and want to destroy those who state correctly that the “woke” stand for injustice, for oppression and for lies.

    Those who have thus fashioned identity politics and victim culture into weapons of character assassination to silence all dissent from destructive anti-western “woke” ideologies are cultural totalitarians and the potential destroyers of our world.

    Put at its simplest, they are bullies. The only way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them. Since they are generally ignorant, stupid, adolescent or preening narcissists – or all those things – this shouldn’t be that difficult.

    https://www.melaniephillips.com/blow-against-wicked-woke-west/

  • For so many like her I wish they would start having dreams where they are the baby in the womb and go through an abortion ripped limb from limb then wake up screaming! Maybe then they would rethink abortion. I especially would like the abortionists, and clinic workers, to have these disturbing dreams. Maybe if they had to “experience” an abortion they would stop performing/facilitating them.

  • Comedians are generally very sharp at spotting inconsistency/contradiction/hypocrisy in the world around us, and repackaging it so we realize it too, and thus we laugh (or be offended!) accordingly. Ricky Gervais seems to have that gift too, but hasn’t yet applied it to his own atheism. He has written:

    “Why don’t you believe in God?” I get that question all the time. I always try to give a sensitive, reasoned answer. This is usually awkward, time consuming and pointless. People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary. They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith.” I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite.

    https://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/12/19/a-holiday-message-from-ricky-gervais-why-im-an-atheist/

    But Ricky, dig deeper and see the evidence yourself. With every generation, babies are being born with 60-100 more mutated genes than their parents; this worsening ‘genetic burden’ contradicts the supposed evolutionary timeline, but fits the Bible’s timeline and an originally “very good” creation with no mutations. And the myriad Design evidence such as our 99-step blood-clotting cascade; try and explain that by the mooted step-by-step evolution. The evidence for a Creator is overwhelming.

    Of course we can pray that Ricky’s eyes will be opened to this, though as soon as that happens the world will very likely confiscate his microphone. (“who suppress the truth” Romans 1:18)

  • I haven’t watched an awards show in over 20 years. No longer have cable either. But read and saw some clips on Ricky Gervais & applaud his honesty & exposing the evil in Hollywood with child sex trafficking and pedophilism. And there were many in that audience guilty of both sins. I’ll be adding him to my list of Hollywood celebs my small prayer group prays for each week. The list keeps getting longer. But now & then I hear of a few that have come to the Lord that our group have been praying for. Hopeful Rick Gervais will be one of them soon.

    Excellent article as always. Thank you.

  • Ricky Gurvais gets his laughs by using foul language, insulting people and just sounding obnoxious.
    I’m old enough to remember Don Rickles. Back then he was regarded as the master of insulting quips.
    His line of insults never crossed the line to bad language. The audience knew what to expect from Don, the funniest line of insults you could imagine but not one foul mouth in his whole raft of insulting patter. People absolutely loved and adored him all through his much loved comidic carrer.

  • Thanks Michael. Needless to say, I am not praising him for his language – or for his atheism. I am praising him for having the guts to take on the leftist loons that inhabit Hollyweird, and for standing against all this deplorable PC baloney. For that he clearly deserves a Golden Globe, or an Oscar, or an Emmy. I am willing to give credit where it is due. To do that of course does not mean I approve of all that a person says or does.

  • Amen Bill. To care for one’s soul we must see beyond their sins. He sees beyond my sins & I am eternally grateful. : )

  • Hi Michael I am a gen Xer just 5 years removed from these snowflakes and I LOVE the old comedians I miss Carson on late night. I remember getting up, on a school night, to see his last show. There was a time titties or booby might draw laughs now they would only get yawns.

    Problem with risqué comedy is something that is risqué now isn’t in few years some you keep having to get more and more risqué to the point of utter vulgarity. Part of the problem is what one person said what one generation tolerates the next embraces. I think that phrase could explain a lot more than just comedy.

  • Bill. Absolutely not critical of your article in fact agree with you. I’m merely contrasting.
    Sorry if I inferred any criticism.

  • No probs – thanks Michael.

  • For Bill: Oscar is for movies only, Emmy is T.V. only, Golden Globes are for both. There are daytime and nighttime Emmys. I don’t watch as most T.V. these days is crap, and these shows just tend to be political speeches and about ego inflating, but I do know a little bit about them.

  • Hi Bill, just wanted to comment on something said above about Don Rickles. I, too sat in on one of his shows decades ago in Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe. Not a bad word spoken — not even hinted. That man put on an unbelievable show — running from one side of the stage to the other – – sweating and yelling but it was hilarious. I was laughing so hard I was crying at the same time & so was my husband. We knew we couldn’t sit in the front row because you were destined to get picked on but it was all in good fun. I believe Don Rickles is in heaven now and still entertaining. The same with Johnny Carson & Ed McMann. America could put it problems aside for a short while & come together and laugh.

    Laughter is the one universal language that brings us all together and breaks through the barriers of division & hatred where we can laugh at our selves also. Oh how I long for those comedians from decades ago. They can’t be replaced because they grew up in a wonderful time in America.

    Louise : )

  • The left care nothing of minorities who do not toe the line on leftist ideology. Any of the left’s favored victim identities who does not agree with them is spat out quicker than flies landing on dog dung on a hot day.

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