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British comedian Ricky Gervais continues to keep it real amid the coronavirus crisis, calling out Hollywood elites for their condescending lecturing of others.
Gervais called out the celebrities complaining about their posh versions of being under lockdown orders amid the global pandemic and using their non-existent expertise to tell others what to do, in an interview with The New York Times published this week.
“Apart from the gigs that were postponed, my life hasn’t changed much. I didn’t go out a lot, and there’s always enough booze in the house for a nuclear winter,” the 58-year-old creator of “The Office” joked.
“You won’t hear me complain. Not when, every day, I see some millionaire celebrity going, ‘I’m sad that I’m not on telly tonight.’ Or, ‘I had a swim in the pool that made me feel a little bit better,'” he added, breaking into John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which was covered in a viral video by an A-list crew in isolation including Gal Gadot, Mark Ruffalo, Maya Rudolph, Natalie Portman, Will Ferrell, Amy Adams and more.
“I’ve got nothing against anyone being a celebrity or being famous. I think that people are just a bit tired of being lectured to,” Gervais told The Times.
“Now celebrities think: ‘The general public needs to see my face. They can’t get to the cinema — I need to do something.’ And it’s when you look into their eyes, you know that, even if they’re doing something good, they’re sort of thinking, ‘I could weep at what a good person I am.’ Oh dear,” he added.
Gervais, whose dark comedy series “After Life” kicked off its second season on Netflix Friday, made similar comments last week in his interview with The Sun.
“After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, he said. “I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters.
“These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly,” Gervais said. “But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.”
Speaking with BBC Radio 5 this week, Gervais doubled down on the hypocrisy of some celebrities and how people are “sick” of being lectured by them.
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) April 23, 2020
Gervais shocked many for putting the Hollywood glitterati in their place at the Golden Globe Awards in January, torching the “woke” celebrities in a blistering monologue that left them gasping and laughing at the same time.
“So if you do win an award tonight don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech,” he told them. “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 then f**k off.”
Globes host gone rogue! Ricky Gervais humiliates stunned Hollywood in monologue no one saw coming https://t.co/ntiiiXQ6Ic
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 6, 2020
The actor and director told The New York Times that, as a sort of “court jester,” he knows he can get away with some of the roasting levels at the stars.
“No, the world hasn’t changed. No one looks at me differently,” he said.
“And I’ve got nothing against those people, really. I think that’s the mistake people make: They think that every joke is a window to the comedian’s soul — because I wrote it and performed it under my own name, that that’s really me. And that’s just not true,” he explained.
“I’ll flip a joke halfway through and change my stance to make the joke better. I’ll pretend to be right-wing, left-wing, whatever wing, no wing. I’ve got to go after the richest people in the room,” Gervais added. “I’ve got to be a court jester, but a court jester’s got to make sure that he doesn’t get executed as well. I’ve got to make all the peasants laugh at the king, but the king’s sort of got to like it.”
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