What a difference a day makes. Last night as I was recapping the Golden Globes and following comments by TV critics and entertainment writers on Twitter, it was clear that I wasn't the only one who thought host Ricky Gervais was funny. There were guffaws over the jabs at Cher, Charlie Sheen, Hugh Hefner, and praise for Gervais for not being afraid to go for the jugular a little.
This morning, in the middle of a Golden Globe hangover of sorts, the world is a little more cranky. My Twitter feed (which also includes some Hollywood types -- actors, directors, screenwriters) is about 50/50 between "Gervais is a jerk" and "Gervais is brilliant!" Even the media seems to be more critical of the British comic today. One of the first headlines I saw this morning was this one, from the Washington Post: "'Glee' and 'Boardwalk' soar while Gervais crashes at Golden Globes."
"Crashes?" Really? The writer described his performance as a "meltdown."
I'm not sure we watched the same show (at the very least, we don't share the same sense of humor). Sure, he was a little harsh sometimes, but not out of line. Were any of the jokes unfair? Is a joke about Hugh Hefner marrying a 24-year-old woman unfair? A joke about Charlie Sheen's latest drunken brawl with a prostitute? A joke about airbrushing a "Sex and the City 2" poster? Jokes about the Hollywood Foreign Press taking bribes? Please. (And if you thought his joke about Robert Downey Jr. being famous for being in rehab was inappropriate, I say Downey canceled that out with his uncomfortable, detailed description of how he wanted to have sex with each of the nominated actresses in the audience).
But what's more important than what I thought, is that the audience laughed at Gervais. They also gasped a lot, but there was laughter. I can't see how it can be described as a "crash." Incidentally, after Hefner joke, the camera showed Alec Baldwin wiping tears from his face, Robert DeNiro completely cracking up, and Halle Berry shaking with laughter. What a disaster!
Maybe you don't care for Gervais. Okay, I get that. But the guy didn't bomb. Hollywood may have their feelings hurt a little today, but their egos can take it. I for one am not sitting around today feeling sorry for a bunch of millionaire movie stars.
And what did Gervais say about it? "I warned them."