The jester sang for the king and queen...
Jesters could tell powerful people what they often needed to hear. Disguised as entertaining jokes and ramblings, the jester could hold a mirror up to the elites, point out the emperor has no clothes, and speak truth to power.
Often there are things we need to hear, but we don't want to go through the pain and embarrassment of addressing them. For whatever reason, shame, laziness, pride, we ignore social problems and allow them to fester and grow.
This weekend, Ricky Gervais made headlines with his opening monologue at the 2020 Golden Globes awards. Surrounded by many of the elites in Western society and viewed by millions at home, he told them some things they've needed to hear for a long time.
Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China—unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?
So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. 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.
So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God and f*** off, OK? It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award.
Ricky Gervais is one of the few successful comedians today who understands what his role in society is.