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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 1:30 am

Each year I write about the predictably smug, “woke” and self-congratulatory award shows. In January The Golden Globes kicks off this annual ritual of actors giving each other awards, which lasts through about November. I like to watch the Golden Globes as it is a great indicator of how boring the Academy Awards will be. The only change in last year’s ceremony, which was hosted by the self-righteous and predictable Seth Meyers, was that fewer actresses thanked Harvey Weinstein. I am not sure the statue handed to the winning actors wasn’t that of another actor, John Wilkes Booth.

To many of us, the biggest casualty of the Trump administration is that all of the humor of our late-night comics has been lost to angry, political hate diatribes. Seth Meyers and Steven Colbert personify the Hate-Trump Tourette’s syndrome, which renders them no longer funny, relevant or insightful. In the past, you could get three-hours of college credit for listening to the liberal lectures at award shows.

Enter Ricky Gervais of The Office fame.

This year’s Golden Globes host, Ricky Gervais, woke up the “ever-woke,” sanctimonious, shallow and hypocritical Hollywood with his opening monologue. Gervais, beer in hand, told the leftist actors, “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”

He went on to point out they work for entertainment conglomerates like Amazon, Apple and Disney, companies that produce goods in child labor- and human rights- violating countries like China. He went on to tell the A-list actors, “If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent” to get a gig.

Getting lectured by pampered millionaires who act out roles written for them by smarter people about fictitious heroes has gotten old. Dripping in diamonds, flying private, they have no moral standing to lecture us. A UCLA study said the motion picture industry, which flies workers to Georgia for the tax credits and builds elaborate sets soon torn down, have one of the biggest carbon footprints of any industry.

The always litigious Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) represents the Hollywood district where the event was held. He has already filed articles of impeachment with the Hollywood Foreign Press to assure his constituents that Ricky Gervais cannot host again next year. The Clintons have already written a condolence letter saying they are “saddened by Mr. Gervais’ apparent suicide.”

The dinner was vegan, so speeches were about animals and all the harm they cause to the world. Long gone are manly Republicans like John Wayne and Ronald Reagan. Actors now are considered for movies where they play Marvel heroes whose superpower is that they eat gluten.

The ceremony was predictably long, but at least tempering the political speeches and voter registration drives made it more tolerable. I was afraid the event would go on so long that the child actor from the Nazi movie Jojo Rabbit would have survived puberty and been able to drink at the Golden Globe bar before it was over.

On the fashion front, a lot of good frontal cleavage was shown, and not only by Michael Moore. I thought Carrie Washington’s dress was stunning. This replaces the trend of a few years ago of the “side boob” being all the rage. If I’m not mistaken, “Side Boob” was also the Obama Secret Service code name for Joe Biden.

Another observation I had is that most of today’s American movie actors have British accents, and that doesn’t even include Madonna and Tina Turner. Maybe Trump needs to look into foreign actors taking American jobs.

Absent this year was last year’s theme, #OscarsBeSoWhite. No directors and few, if any, winners were black. I guess once actors hashtag Tweet something, they presume the problem solved.

Also absent were overtones of the Clintons, Gores, Obamas or any form of Biden (but with his history with cocaine, Hunter Biden was asked to be the bathroom attendant).

The “In Memorial” segment of the show was not about celebs who died, but those lost to the #MeToo movement. There was scant mention of Hollywood buddies like Epstein and Weinstein. But as an homage to both the #MeToo movement and the powerful celebrities and politicians Hollywood sheltered, it was a touching gesture when Harvey Weinstein donated his casting couch to the Clinton Presidential Library.

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