Gervais says he is not mean just to be mean. Ahead of his gig as Golden Globes host this Sunday, Gervais told Esquire magazine that his barbed words aimed at his fellow celebrities have both populist and religious merits.
He says Hollywod actors are “the wealthiest, most privileged people in the world.” As he points out, he can’t exactly go out there on the stage as say “We’re all in the same gang. Aren’t we brilliant? Us millionaires together.”
True. But Gervais has gone further.
At last year’Golden Globes he closed the ceremony with,
“Thank you to God that I’m an atheist.”
In a country where people are much more likely to be openly religious that his nativeUK, Gervais’ comments caused raised eyebrows. However, he says that it wasn’t a matter of just declaring his own beliefs (or, non-beliefs). It was a shot at the way he says many narcissistic celebrities act at when in the spotlight, thanking God that they won an award.
That’s what annoys Ricky.
“How arrogant is that?” he said. “There’s war and famine and God’s going, ‘Know what Bullock? Write a speech. I’m not going to say anything, Sandra, but write a speech. That’s all I’m saying.’”
Gervais himself doesn’t take the awards ceremony all that seriously; he says his real job is his two television shows: Life’s Too Short and An Idiot Abroad 2. They are his real passion projects.
“I do the Golden Globes like some people play golf on a Saturday. It’s fun, but it can’t affect me because come Monday morning, I’ll be writing a new stand-up show or I’ll be writing a new TV show or I’ll be writing a new film. So it’s not exactly bravery.”
What do you think to Ricky Gervais’ comments? Is he wrong to criticize actors’ acceptance speeches thanking God?