January 6, 2020
Is Ricky Gervais powerful enough to change Hollywood's hectoring culture?
Conservatives have tended to shy away from Hollywood award shows because, in the past few years, they have all started sounding like rehearsals for Orwell's Two Minutes Hate. This year, though, the Golden Globes, which hands out awards based upon votes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, hired Ricky Gervais to host the affair, despite knowing that he would be politically incorrect and would show no fear when faced with Hollywood's royalty. Almost as soon as he got the latest gig, Gervais made it clear that he did not intend to pander to Hollywood sensibilities. Instead, he had some particularly choice words for political correctness's murderous effect on humor: People like the idea of freedom of speech until they hear something they don't like. So there's still a pressure, but that doesn't mean I'm going to water it down or back down and not say what I want. It's just another form of what we've been...(Read Full Post)