68th Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais Opens With Charlie Sheen, Scientology, Cher Jokes

January 17, 2011 02:32:06 GMT

The second-time host says people would party and drink like Sheen does his breakfast, HFPA is bribed with Cher's concert tickets and some Scientologists pretend they are heterosexual.

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Ricky Gervais hosted his second Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 16 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. He made no grand entrance but managed to bring out laughter with his harsh jokes about Charlie Sheen, "Toy Story 3" and Cher among others.

His opening line was, "Welcome to the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, it's live from The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. It's gonna be a night of partying and heavy-drinking." He paused for a while before saying, "Or as Charlie Sheen calls it, 'breakfast'."

Gervais took notice that more and more 3 dimensional movies are nominated, including a bunch of toys. He cleared up a "ridiculous rumor" that the only reason that toys are nominated is because HFPA want to hang out with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. He stated, the 'real' reason, saying "They also accepted bribes."

And that led to his next joke about Cher. He claimed the association is receiving bribes for Cher's concert tickets. "How the hell is that a bribe? Really? 'Do you want to go see Cher?', 'No', 'Why not?', 'Cos it's not 1975'," Gervais deadpanned.

Gervais then took a jab at "some famous Scientologists", getting a boo from the audience as he said it. He first praised Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor for their performance in "I Love You Phillip Morris" which is not nominated. Then he said, "Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay, so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists."

The rest of his jokes went to Hugh Hefner and his 24-year-old fiancee, "Lost" and Mel Gibson.

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posted by sci student terryeo on Jan 19, 2011
"Probably every single one of us writers, here, have laughed at denigrating "Jokes" that we wished we would not have." You've joined Miscavige in mocking Travolta?
posted by Scientology student on Jan 18, 2011
Probably every single one of us writers, here, have laughed at denigrating "Jokes" that we wished we would not have. ... Today, we live in a different world. We must learn to tolerate others or we will surely have a hell on Earth. There is a kind of a joke that is harassment, and there is another kind of joke that points up things can laugh about ourselves. Ricky has an obligation as a public figure and role model to help bring people together --- not create animosities.
posted by Mellored on Jan 17, 2011
Do I want to see ricky Gervaise, No. Why? because it's not 2003
posted by juicepeach6414 on Jan 17, 2011
i love it i guest you right you want be ask back to host the show next year smile.
posted by LJ on Jan 17, 2011
Really? Who is Ricky Gervaius? Send his mean-spirited ass back to Britain!
posted by sigh on Jan 17, 2011
sorry i had no idea the formatting would be taken out of the comment.
posted by sigh on Jan 17, 2011
I don't want to hear one more person cry about their religion/group/addiction/etc getting made fun of unless it is by someone who can honestly say that they have never, never, ever laughed at a joke about someone ELSE's religion/group, etc. If it's about another's, well it was just a joke, but if it's about yours, all the sudden you're on a mission from god to DEFEND THE TRUTH! Scientolgy student: *Clear your words. "Attack" and "joke" are not the same thing. And the "not a big fan of..." intro is not only a lie, it is a transparent PR attempt. AND since your name is "scn student" on the post, you either had an attack of stupid or you think everyone else is. ...Then you guys wonder why your religion gets joked about. *See, I can talk the nomenclature, too. X-Scientolgists: How come the x-es are always at every opportunity to rag on other people about this "horrible" cult? That freakish fervor of the Scn.s - you've still got it. If you're so upset that it took up part of your life, now that you're out you can GO GET ONE. After I see you personally go after the scourages of world hunger, poverty, disease, abuse, and war, then I'll consider your rally cry as maybe not irrelevant and a complete waste of time. Maybe. Allright, so it's Scientology's fault that Battlefield Earth exists and why Kristie Alley is fat. Let's just take a moment to grieve then get over it. (this paragraph is called "humor". in some alien species it's been known to prompt laughter.) Now... Back to the show!
posted by McSnork on Jan 17, 2011
So why is this suddenly about scientology?
posted by Boood on Jan 17, 2011
I think this reporter needs his ears cleaned. I listened twice and there were no boos. Just lots of woos. Go Ricky.
posted by Sparky The Ronbot on Jan 17, 2011
I do not like L. Ron Hubbard but what are your crimes? What are your crimes? WHAT ARE YOUR CRIMES? Really, who talks like that? Asshats.
posted by Artoo45 on Jan 17, 2011
"I'm not a big fan of Scientology, but . . ." Is that the new OSA opener? You oafs are tragically dense. Pathetic! Tory's not kidding, come on out, the reality's fine. Or just stay at the statcrasher's ball until the music stops playing and the lights go out.
posted by Elsa56 on Jan 17, 2011
Well,I guess Gervais will be considered in Scientology jargon,an 'sp'("Supressive Person") which to them is the worst thing you can be.Publicly ridiculing or disavowing Scientology is considered a 'high crime' by its followers.They even have an 'Office of Special Afairs' to deal with bad PR like this and silence critics.One of their roles is to slander critics like Gervais in forums like this.Seriously,and they wonder why people are spooked out by their cult.I was raised Christian and listen to the Irreligiosophy podcast where they ridicule Christianity on a weekly basis.I don't shrink from it-it gives me food for thought.As Magoo said,don't take our word for it-research this church for yourself-both pro and con positions before you get involved.It has ruined lives.
posted by mb on Jan 17, 2011
Gervais was the only reason to watch this snooze fest. Why doesn't Travolta just come out and be done with it? What's the big freakin deal, anyway?
posted by hb on Jan 16, 2011
Booed? When did Gervais get booed? Dude, the show was broadcasted live. MIllions of people watched it just a few hours ago. You can't just make stuff up like that.
posted by Magoo on Jan 16, 2011
scientology student: Your post is *exactly* how I used to feel. The sad part is you, as a Scientology student, self-censor yourself---thus you CANNOT learn the FACTS. Please read, look, listen, and then: Make up your *own* mind. X-Scientologist, X-Sea Org, X-Staff, X-OT 7, X-Grad 5 auditor, X-Senior Security Checker, X_OSA volunteer, etc. etc. WTFU, please.
posted by Magoo on Jan 16, 2011
Too funny! As a 30 year Scientologist who escaped OUT in 2000, that is not only funny statement---but per "Stats",quite true. Come on, boys, come on OUT. :) You just *may* save some other lives if you do. :) Tory Christman aka: Magoo!
posted by scientology student on Jan 16, 2011
I'm not a big fan of Scientology but I wonder what Gervais's crimes are, why would he attack a great humanitarian like L Ron Hubbard?

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