Have you ever wanted to go back in time to Junior High School and enjoy the frivolity the lunch room afforded during those tumultuous early years of puberty? If so then I recommend you find someone who recorded this year’s Golden Globes and watch the “Award Show” from beginning to end. There is no better place to watch insecure, self centered, immature, juvenile behavior than what was put on display during the three hour pop culture party. What follows may be construed as “Golden Globes Gossip” but in reality it is just a commentary on a deep cultural tragedy and the missed opportunity for the “cool kids” to act like “adults.”
Ricky Gervais kicked off the show with a monologue which included comments on Jeffrey Tambor’s testicles and Gervais’ personal use of his own Golden Globe trophy as a sex toy. Gervais’ interchange with Mel Gibson later in the night made light of Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes and Gibson’s own drinking problem.
Let’s not put the blame for the night’s debacle on Gervais’ shoulders alone. Actor after actor went to the microphone to present an award with silly and/or obscene banter at the ready. Perhaps the “lowlight” of such antics was the appearance of Jonah Hill dressed as the “bear” from “The Revenant.” Hill’s profanity laden diatribe had to be repeatedly “beeped” for the viewers at home.
Is this what Hollywood has come to in 2016? These antics may not be a recent development but this current generation of actors and “stars” leave most of us asking the question, “Are these really some of the most creative and talented people among us?” Is Hollywood’s “cream of the crop” so dim witted and uncreative apart from a script and teleprompter that they must resort to sexual innuendo, foul language and personal attacks to “be cool” or get a “laugh?”
There is a serious problem in Hollywood when the “cool kids” of the pop scene demonstrate such an incredible lack of class, creativity and respect for both themselves and those buying the tickets to see their talents onscreen. The “Golden Globes” should have been a night to celebrate the talent, creativity and giftedness of those blessed enough to work in the television and film industry. Instead it was an embarrassment to the industry and (even worse) their audience.
We should expect more from the talented people who are privileged with the opportunity to entertain us. Those gifted with such talent should have enough self respect to expect more from themselves.
I pray the very talented people who entertain through television and film will find find “the way” to real life change in this New Year of 2016.