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Ricky Redux

Bridget Phetasy reflects on the Hollywood parasites in his sights: Ricky Gervais, Man of the People @ Quillette

“I can’t imagine what it must be like for you [Hollywood insects] after a lifetime of warm nuts and constant flattery. It’s easy to understand how expensive gift bags and millions of dollars would make anyone feel qualified to lecture other people on public policy, private morality, global warming, or the complex geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

“Because that’s what Hollywood has been doing. They’ve been talking down to us normals for decades. While we wait in Boarding Group D to schlep to the back of the plane, they recline on private jets with a private chef and tweet about how we should all go vegan. I doubt they even know what a boarding group is….

“But the emperor has no clothes. And with a few pointed jokes, Gervais pierced their collective delusion, exposing the hypocrisy of Hollywood for what it truly is. As he so casually reminded them, these are the people who partied with Jeffrey Epstein and made movies with Harvey Weinstein. They take China’s money and look the other way at its human rights abuses, censorship, sweatshops, IP theft, and their most heinous crime, banning South Park.”

RTWT @ Ricky Gervais, Man of the People @ Quillette

“Was it something I said?”

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  • John Venlet January 7, 2020, 7:07 AM

    In that linked piece, Phetasy states the following:

    But the emperor has no clothes. And with a few pointed jokes, Gervais pierced their collective delusion, exposing the hypocrisy of Hollywood for what it truly is.

    If only this statement had any actual meaning regarding the Hollywood glitterati and those who fawn over them. It does not. Gervais’ monologue was a little pinprick to the glitterati, and it caused only a moment of squirming in their seats, and by the time of the Globes after parties, all was forgotten. As to Hollywood’s hypocrisy being exposed, posh, it’s long been exposed to any Americans paying attention.

    Gervais’ commentary may have been spot on, but it certainly is not going to instill any deep soul searching among the soulless.

  • Joan Of Argghh! January 7, 2020, 8:36 AM

    John V. you are right. And Gervais is a godless pr*ck with the best of them. It takes one to know one and he IS one of the glitterati. At best, he’s a traitorous whistle-blower, at worst, the glitterati woke up in the morning and noted the hypocrisy of Gervais calling them out, and then rang for a mimosa.

  • Casey Klahn January 7, 2020, 9:11 AM

    A nice, swift kick to the Hollywood nuts. I relished it.

    It’s a start. These things need first a breach, and then the flanking movement follows. idc if it comes from a lefty or a righty. As long as the boot is large, and the momentum great.

    Pow! Ouuuuuch.

  • Tom Hyland January 7, 2020, 9:32 AM

    What? You’re surprised? Feeling vindicated? This was a room full of ACTORS. How the hell did they pull of every camera angle to get the “perfect reaction” at the precise moment? Okay Hanks… we want you to puff out your cheeks and appear bewildered, embarrassed, incredulous…. perfect. Watch this video as Lionel explains you’ve been thoroughly gamed.

  • CC January 7, 2020, 10:06 AM

    No doubt having their 2-ton import of Peruvian marching powder get popped by the USCG had more of an effect than anything RG said.

  • Bunny January 7, 2020, 11:27 AM

    Everything’s a psyop, Tom. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    I like Lionel when he’s not being a militant atheist, a Hugh Hefner hero-worshipper or a Q promoter. 😊

  • Tom Hyland January 7, 2020, 1:48 PM

    Well, Bunny, he was none of that within this video… just a practical sensible kind o’ guy who’s been around the block enough times to see standard pattern development. Yeah, the Q stuff is tedious, cryptic, and a huge leap of faith.

  • ghostsniper January 7, 2020, 2:28 PM

    How do you suppose Hanks got his $400mil net worth and Gervais got his $120mil?
    Same place they’re both going to keep getting money from. YOU!

    I have never seen more than 10 minutes of anything Hanks (he has always seemed like a big, fat puss from the first moment I laid a dirty little eye on him), and never heard of this Gervais cat until a couple days ago. If either of them made any money off of you you need to just shut your ass and go spend some quality time alone inside your head. You don’t get to piss and moan about that which you created.

    If I had 400mil, or even 120mil, no human being in this country would ever see me again nor would I give a shit what anyone thought.

  • John Venlet January 7, 2020, 4:54 PM

    If I had 400mil, or even 120mil, no human being in this country would ever see me again nor would I give a shit what anyone thought.

    Dang, Ghostsniper, I figure you could do that with single digit millions. I know I would.

  • ghostsniper January 7, 2020, 7:24 PM

    LOL, the key words there John, are could and would.
    If only….

  • Snakepit Kansas January 8, 2020, 10:39 AM

    John & comments on $millions:
    If you are looking for financial security then even if you had $2,000,000 you would need to safely invest that, most likely in bonds and hopefully you would generate revenue of 3% annually after taxes. This would give you $60,000 to live on/year without touching your principal investment. Or you could spend $60,000/year out of the $2,000,000 for ~30 years and die broke.

    Character is developed through the crucible of life and although my wife and I hope to leave some money to our kids, I don’t want them to be aware of it until they have already established themselves and show the ability to handle themselves and their money. I don’t want to financially support a future drug and whoring around habit.

    A wise WWII vet told me a couple times that a man needs to well handle three things in life: women, money and booze. I have handled my money well.

  • John Venlet January 8, 2020, 11:37 AM

    Snakepit, you’re absolutely correct in regards to the return on investment numbers you note, as long as one is content to live modestly. My Lovely Melis and I will leave the kids, hopefully, just the flyfishing camp I purchased 26 years ago, owned free and clear for the past 20 years, and maybe a few dollars. We’re close to financial security, enabled by not living high on the hog over the years, and socking away dollars in the market, rather than spending them. We’ve lived in the same house for the past 28 years. All 4 of our kids are standing on their own, now, all are in their 30s, though 2 of the 4 did require a bit more encouragement to independence and responsibility.

    Of your list of handling things well, I’m batting 2 out of 3, I figure.

  • ghostsniper January 8, 2020, 2:18 PM

    Welp, since my dad died at 47 and both my younger brothers have died in the past few years I accept reality though I don’t like it. I won’t leave any money to my well to do son but he can have my guns and guitars and my wife of almost 36 years (next month) gets whatever else there is.

    Since I have been debt free for over 10 years now, and in light of the devastating financial rumors I am hearing from people that know what they’re talking about, (the day after Christmas I drained my bank account except for $500) from here on out all purchases will be local and cash, that 2 mill would be turned into my favorite legal tenders and stored close at hand – the safest place in the world.

    I’d buy 100 acres somewhere where the closest neighbor is at least 5 miles away. The land would be lightly textured and about 60/40 forest to open area. I would build a modest off grid home less than 2000 sf living area and several outbuildings for workshop and storage. There would be room to plant food and space to husband 2 and 4 legged food. There would be a 5 acre body of water on this land fed by underground springs and there would also be a couple drilled wells. There would be an adequate solar array and the required accompaniments. In other words, this would be my “lottery ticket” home. I’m an architect and like all other’s I have several levels of dream homes in my head and on paper. I’m always “working” on these dreams even when it looks like I’m not or when I’m working on other people’s dreams.

    When people go to see a doctor they are filled with all of the bad things life has to offer – fear, pain, confusion, costs, and everyone involved tries their best to ratchet all of those things to the moon and back.

    When people go to ghosts architectural design center they are filled with optimism, wonder, desire, and even giddy at times.

    Ghost does all the hand holding, nurturing of ideas, suggesting the most bang for the buck, how to make the intangible the reality. Though architects rarely get wealthy, except for the showboats that are mostly puffed up caricatures of themselves, it is the overall job satisfaction that keeps them going. If I was independently wealthy ($2mil in cash) I’d still do what I do but I’d be a little more selective in my clients, IOW, more quality and less quantity.