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Ricky Gervais Tells Hollywood to Stop Lecturing “Hard Working People”

Taking to his Twitter account on Monday, comedian Ricky Gervais explained that while he did not personally disagree, ideologically or politically, with some of the speeches given by Hollywood’s chosen ones at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, he felt that these celebrities were not nearly as persuasive as they seem to think.

“I have nothing against the most famous people in the world using their privileged, global platform to tell the world what they believe,” Gervais wrote. “I even agree with most of it. I just tried to warn them that when they lecture everyday, hard working people, it has the opposite effect.”

Exactly. Why is it so difficult for the Brad Pitts, the Joaquin Phoenixes, and the Robert De Niro’s of the world to understand this simple fact? How far up your own rear do you have to be before you start thinking that you will make a single bit of difference up there at the podium? DO they think that? Do they really? Or are they just virtue signaling so their Hollywood buddies will pat them on the back and say things like, “OMG, you’re so brave. You said just what I was thinking!”

Although we’re not sure anyone, anywhere, was thinking what Joaquin Phoenix was thinking in that rambling speech. We’re beginning to believe that he wasn’t exactly “acting” in that movie.

When politically-minded actors are asked about this hubris, they usually say something to the effect of how they’re compelled to use their platform for good. Well, sorry to say it, but you’re doing nothing of the kind. You want to do good, donate to charity. You want to do good? Encourage people to volunteer for a cause that helps people, animals, whatever it is that’s near and dear to your heart. That kind of thing, we can abide. Standing up on a stage and railing against President Trump? Uh, no. Spare us.

The problem is that your big soapbox is entirely unearned. Or, to put it another way, you earned it through something that has nothing whatsoever to do with politics. You earned it because you’re good at standing in front of a camera and playing pretend. Don’t get us wrong – we love the movies, we love great acting, and all the rest. But what does being a great actor have to do with having coherent views on the current political situation in the United States? Why should anyone listen to Brad Pitt over, say, the manager of the local Dunkin’ Donuts?

At least the Dunkin’ manager has some sense of what it’s like to live a normal life in America.

According to the Nielsen’s, the Oscar ratings were down three million people from last year. Maybe that’s three million everyday, hard working people who have had it up to here with the lectures.

What do you think?

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  1. I have always thought Ricky was funny, but who would have thought that he was also an inciteful, brave and honest person as well. I know that there will be those who say, “Look, you are doing just what you are accusing Brad of doing.” Okay, but Ricky is actually saying what those 3,000,000 people are saying. His audience is obviously to one that the Oscar show needs to bring back. He is the one who has the pulse of the bulk of the viewing public. He has heard, “Shut up and sing.” and he listened and understood the meaning. Forgive my shallowness, but I chose not to sit and listen to a broken human being, who lives in a glass house so all of his indigressions, addictions and failings are publicly viewed, lectures me about public policy. Senator Pitt, or Dr. Pitt, or Sir Pitt, according to the topic has nothing to say to me. These people move in and out of re-hab for varied reasons and when released, have some need to find a microphone. Take Ricky’s advice. At the next award show where you incestuously award each other for nebulous crap, just say thanks and move on.

  2. Olddad got it right the first time. People who live in fantasies for a living and can’t survive in the real World without ending up in re-hab have nothing to teach me. I may NOT be in your fantasy but I’ve also never been to re-hab. The REAL WORLSD works just fine for me. I have no NEED to escape it. As for the continual DECLINE in viewership?? Real People don’t LIKE FAKES intruding on the REAL World. Ever seen Roger Rabbit?? You are the Toons…. you REALY DON’T belong OUT HERE, even though you ARE amusing. Starting to get the picture? And NO, I won’t be watching next year either, FAKE Awards for Fake People… seems appropriate in a way…. and SAD as well!

  3. Why would anyone that lies for a living. Thats all acting really is. Being a good enough liar to make it seems you are someone you’re not. Think that anyone would believe anything they spout during an awards show.

  4. Common sense; shut up and get off with your own lives. You are not helping anybody with your fantasies. Just get back to what you do and do your best to do it right.

  5. I think Ricky Gervais is as guilty as the Hollywood stars he is criticizing if you’ve seen any of his Golden Globe speeches.
    I never felt like I was being preached to by DeNiro or Pitt or Phoenix.
    They just realize that they have the opportunity to espouse what a lot of us believe and who have no public platform to do so.

  6. These hollywood elites remind me of the movie ‘ death becomes her’. The harder Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep struggle to achieve perfection, at all costs, the more of a mess they make of themselves, till in the end they could literally be classified as the walking dead. Welcome to hollywood!

  7. Thank you Ricky, you said what all of us think!! Could care less what any of those people who play pretend every day think . Nothing they say would change my mind. So i will continue not to watch any of their little pat themselves on the back shows.

  8. I haven’t watched any award show in years. Who cares what they have to say. I did pull up Ricky’s UTube from the Oscars and thought it was great humor, with a lot of truth.

  9. I haven’t watched ANY award show in years because of the actors stupid political speeches, Ricky is right on the mark. DeNiro is a blabbering idiot when not in an acting role. Most actors are flat out ASSHOLES in real life and they have nothing to say that I want to hear!

  10. All those people who work in the “arts” are full of, not only themselves, but a HUGE pile of dung. They will say ANYTHING to be on camera a second longer or get their name or picture in print. I don’t think they believe HALF of what spews from their yaps. And that goes for Ricky. You’ll notice HE’S getting air time too. They are ALL intellectually stunted. Best they all stay in Holly-weird where they can’t do any harm.

  11. What those “pretenders” also seem too dense to understand is that they are cutting their own throats. Real people, who don’t make a living pretending to be someone else, see/hear the rants and garbage spewed by those botoxed,over-dressed, amoral, drugged/drunken glitter-heads, get turned off by their hate-filled speeches and it effects what movies they choose to pay to see. I have not been to a theater since the first Raiders of the Lost Ark movie. When the costs went beyond my comfort zone and budget, I decided my family needed the money more than Hollyweird does. Now I avoid paying for movies/rentals/etc out of personal animosity for the “actors” who have decided we should be subjected to their vile personal feelings. No love lost between me and Hollywood-and I have family members who work in the “industry”, and even inherited 1.5 Million from my aunt who worked there. Never spent a dime of that money on movies, but sure did buy a nice little ranch in the mountains.

  12. “The two enemies of the people are criminals (antifa) and government (democrats): so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson!Don’t tread on me MF’ERS!

  13. These so called “elites” have NOTHING to tell me. They do not even perform simple tasks themselves. They have personal shoppers, managers, assistants, teams, makeup and hair, maids, nanny’s, secretaries, etc to do everything for them. Remember 20 years ago when Barbara Streisand told everyone in Los Angeles to turn off their air conditioning, open their windows, hang their clothes on the line, etc, when there was the rolling brown outs to save energy? Of course when asked if Streisand was, her “spokesperson” would not say ., which of course meant no. They love to preach to us about energy and how WE are destroying the planet when they fly in private jets to Climate Change conferences across the world, own more than 1 home and use the most energy of American citizens. Me I will continue as I have been for years to NEVER watch ANY award show that glorifies self entitled elitists that give standing ovations to a child rapist like Roman Polanski.

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