I honestly have no idea who won any Golden Globe last night, other than apparently Lady Gaga because she bumped into Leonardo DiCaprio's arm and the Twitter World has gone crazy. I haven't bothered to look and see who won because, well, I really, truly don't care. About 30 or so people who are unidentified and possibly stringers who voted for a person just doesn't do much for me. But godspeed to the winners. It's nice to get any award, even it's one as meaningless as your office pool.
I did watch the opening monologue, because I like Ricky Gervais. And I thought he was pretty amusing, even if not every joke was great. (My favorite line, clearly appreciated by the knowing-audience, was about stars feeling obligated to show up because they knew their studio had bought the award for them.) But I do love seeing the comments about how rude he was. Yes, he was rude. I have no problem at all with anyone being offended by any of his comments, just don't be surprised by them. This isn't his first barbecue.
But I bring all this up because of my favorite comment of all, by far, It was in an article whose headline caught my eye by Cole Delbyck, an entertainment writer for the Huffington Post. Basically chastising the hijinks of the presenters, he wrote, "Seriously, everybody needs to turn down with the planned gags and forced humor. It's the Golden Globes, not an amateur stand-up set at the Chuckle Bucket."
"It's the Golden Globes"??? As if the evening is the equivalent in decorum to an invitation to dine with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Or your friends' wedding anniversary. "It's the Golden Globes"?! Really? There is less etiquette required at the event than standing in line to get tickets for a Taylor Swift concert. That's not hyperbole. If you tried to cut in line, you'd probably get jumped on by the others. If you dropped your trousers at the Golden Globes while presenting an award, there's a chance you could be invited to come back next year as host.
And by the by, it actually is a whole lot closer to amateur stand-up night the the Chuckle Bucket. Really and truly. Did the reporter not notice the glass of beer on the podium that Ricky Gervais kept sipping from? Those in the audience might have been wearing nice clothes, but most were likely getting sloshed all night.
"It's the Golden Globes." Hey, at least he used the word "gag".
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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