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🎯 Tag This: Last night the biggest names in Hollywood gathered in Beverly Hills for the Golden Globe awards. Controversial English stand-up comedian, Ricky Gervais hosted the event and had this to say to the celebrities in attendance: don’t get political.
Quoted: Gervais told the crowd that they are in “no position to lecture the public about anything.” He continued to say that “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech” adding that “You know nothing about the real world” and that “most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg,” referring to the 17-year-old climate activist. He finished the rant with a bit of advice saying, “So if you win… come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and f–k off… That’s it.”
🚩 Flag This: the bit is making waves on both sides of the political spectrum as The Hill notes that “Hollywood awards shows have taken on an increasingly political tone over the years, with many performers using their acceptance speeches to rail against President Trump or focus on hot-button issues.”
- On the left: In 2018, Robert DeNiro yelled ‘f*** Trump’ during a foul-mouthed rant at the Tony Awards and got a standing ovation.
- On the right: In August 2019 President Trump said that “nobody watches” the Academy Awards “because they started taking us on, everyone got tired of it.”
Zoom out: the phenomenon on display taps into something known as the “Elite Theory”, which according to Dr. Paul M. Johnson of Auburn University is “the theoretical view held by many social scientists which holds that American politics is best understood through the generalization that nearly all political power is held by a relatively small and wealthy group of people sharing similar values and interests and mostly coming from relatively similar privileged backgrounds.” In some respects, a push back against the “elites”, whether that be in Washington D.C. or the European Union is seen as one reason for Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016 and Britain’s desire to leave the mainland continent in the historic referendum.