British comedian Ricky Gervais is the new darling of political conservatives thanks to the fusillade of insults he directed at the aghast celebrities attending the weekend’s Golden Globe Awards.
Delighted at the sight of Gervais belittling Hollywood elitists who they maintain do likewise to them regularly, the right-wing blogosphere lit up with positive reviews, even while more traditional media was critical of Sunday’s telecast.
Had Gervais “been as relentless in ripping apart Sarah Palin, her young children, Jesus Christ or George W Bush, today the comedian would be celebrated as “edgy” and “courageous’,” noted John Nolte, editor of the Andrew Breitbart website Big Hollywood.
Instead, the Washington Post said Gervais “crashed” and the New York Times said he was “merciless” and in “bad form”. Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the event’s organiser, said some of the things Gervais said “were totally unacceptable”.
Nolte, though, likened Gervais’ jabs at various actors and the HFPA as a much-needed “sucker punch” levelled against elite bullies who do likewise to middle America on a routine basis.