Ricky Gervais’ performance at the Golden Globes was, in my opinion, excellent. Was it unapologetic and inappropriate? Yes. Were the egregious flaws and wrongdoings of *Hollywood sweethearts* exposed to more than 20 million viewers worldwide? Sure. But it’s all about consistency–if you’re a dick to everyone, you’re really a dick to no one. It’s transitive property or something. Read a book.
The joke that really got people stirred up was his first quip on Caitlyn Jenner, because of course, people need to protect Jenner’s perceived fragile sensibility. The joke went like this:
“I’ve changed, not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously.”
“What a year she’s had. She became a role model for transpeople everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t do everything.”
Gervais was speaking about Jenner killing a woman after driving inattentively caused her to slam into a Lexus, sending the car into oncoming traffic where it struck a Hummer.
People appalled by the joke were saying things like this:
To which Gervais responded with this sentiment:
When asked about Gervais’ ‘insensitive’ comments at the Television Critics Tour in Pasadena California, she implied she wanted a shot at revenge.
“On Ricky, I think what I’m gonna do call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year. And we’ll solve that problem.”
Golden Globes or not, it doesn’t look like Gervais is lacking a platform to express his ideas, as he has rained down a flurry of tweets to his 10.5 million followers refusing to back down from his comments. Including this club closer in response to an Entertainment Weekly tweet linking to an article entitled ‘Caitlyn Jenner Breaks Her Silence on Ricky Gervais.’
My goodness. Relentless. But brilliant.
Here are some bonus tweets of Ricky responding to the social justice warriors on Twitter.
Firing on all cylinders. Scorching the earth.