Gervais hosted the Golden Globes from 2010-2012 and again in 2016
Ricky Gervais has claimed that he would have made jokes about the #MeToo movement had he hosted the Golden Globes this year.
Gervais hosted the Golden Globes from 2010-2012 and again in 2016. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Seth Meyers and saw female stars protest against sexual abuse and inequality in Hollywood.
Appearing on the Late Show, Gervais told host Stephen Colbert that he would have made jokes about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“I’m so close to death, I think, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’,” Gervais said. “Someone being offended now is nothing. I go, ‘So what? I’m gonna die.’
“The more sensitive (the subject) the better. That’s the fun for me, talking about irreverent and sensitive and taboo subjects.”
“There’s nothing you shouldn’t joke about, there’s no subject you shouldn’t joke about. It depends on the actual joke and the target.”
“People get offended when they mistake the subject of a joke for the actual target and they’re not necessarily the same.”
“Some people are offended, fine. Just ‘cos you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right, some people are offended by equality. (Donald Trump), he’s offended by equality.”
It has been announced that there’s a new TV series coming out about the #MeToo movement.
PBS are planning a five-part miniseries called #MeToo, Now What? It will be hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women For Women International, which supports women survivors of war.
The programme is said to explore the effect of the #MeToo movement, while exploring the many different sides of sexual harassment. It will also look at the effects of race, class, and gender on the culture of harassment.
Celebrities, journalist, and activists will appear on the show to comment on the different topics presented across the five episodes. #MeToo, Now What? will premiere on PBS on February 2.