Ricky Gervais is a rare bird, indeed: a liberal who recognizes that liberals can be really obnoxious.
Here’s his takeaway from last night’s Oscars ceremony, which naturally featured some presenters and winners who couldn’t resist the urge to lecture the dwindling number of Americans who still watch that spectacle:
I have nothing against the most famous people in the world using their privileged, global platform to tell the world what they believe. I even agree with most of it. I just tried to warn them that when they lecture everyday, hard working people, it has the opposite effect. Peace.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 10, 2020
Gervais indeed tried to warn them. A lot of people have. But in their privilege (actual privilege, by the way, as opposed to bogus “privilege”), these self-righteous celebrities continue to tell themselves that Americans want nothing more than to be spoken down to and told what to believe by some of the most out-of-touch people out there.
I have less sympathy when you consider that most privileged celebrities don't even write their own political opinions for their acceptance speeches.
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) February 10, 2020
It's the manner in which they do so. Also, their timing. People watch these award shows for entertainment, not to be lectured & chastised.
— ☃️Nancy Faust☃️ (@nancy_faust) February 10, 2020
I believe they forgot WHY movies became so popular in the first place. It was an escape for the masses from the everyday difficulties in life. The last thing they want hear is some privileged person telling them what's "right".
— mgaz68 (@mgoraz68) February 10, 2020
No one likes to be scolded, lectured, or told how to live. No one.
— Foghorn Leghorn (@FoghornBLeghorn) February 10, 2020
Dropping truth bombs
— Sam the butcher (@samman16935160) February 10, 2020
Kudos to Ricky Gervais for being perceptive enough to recognize the damage outspoken liberal celebrities are doing to themselves (and to liberalism) when they take it upon themselves to lecture the rest of us.
A voice of reason. Thank you ?
— Kimberly ? ???? (@ImissEarnhardt) February 10, 2020