In Hollywood Not All Heroes Wear Capes -- but Tuxedos Save the Planet

Actor Joaquin Phoenix with his Best Actor award for the film You Were Never Really Here poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

This is EXACTLY why Ricky Gervais arrived with the venom…

This is the heart of Hollywood Awards season, when the industry celebrates its own magnificence and celebrities are deified — at least in their own eyes. The only thing rising to the level of the ego may be the obliviousness, and this is matched and aided by many in the surrounding industries. The press fawns, and high-end clothiers cater as the luminaries actually believe they are elevated and can influence a nation.

Ricky Gervais made many a celebrity recoil on Sunday evening with stinging barbs and rebukes that were designed, as he described in his English idiom, to take the piss out of their egos. That so many in the press were offended on behalf of those they perceive as royalty was summed up perfectly in The Independent. Opinion: Ricky Gervais cheapened the Golden Globes and overshadowed vital political statements. That anyone in journalism believes a celebrity opinion is ‘’vital’’ is all the reason to step away from the keyboard — to say nothing of being unaware the Globes have been cheapened for generations.

However nothing displays the very unaware self-importance than the praise actor Joaquin Phoenix received over his brave decision…to wear a tuxedo. As he deservedly won the Best Actor award for his work in ‘’Joker’’, Phoenix praised the Golden Globes organizers for saving the planet with the decision to serve a vegan-only dinner that evening.

Now, before you finish chortling, understand the sacrifice being made here. This particular tuxedo is designed by Stella McCartney and is vegan and cruelty-free. Already Joaquin is primed for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But there is still another amazing accomplishment.

This is going to make for some less-than-compelling red carpet interviews coming up. ‘’Who are you wearing…oh, you are STILL in your Stella tux…’’ What Paul’s daughter completely fails at recognizing is that she is the very embodiment of what Ricky Gervais addressed from the podium Sunday.

In one segment of his opening monologue, Gervais mentioned how the lecturing performers know nothing of which they speak. He gave a list of the studios they are willing to work for, and then scorched their decisions to ignore the corporate realities behind these entities.

Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?

The truth behind that statement is what is so funny. Even funnier is just such a company proudly walking up and promptly stepping on a rake. As Stella McCartney is hailing Joaquin Phoenix for saving the planet he is wearing clothing made for a paltry wage in an Asian sweatshop, just as Gervais had mentioned.

Her clothes have been reported to be made in Indonesia for a pittance, even as she has given voice to fair wages in her public comments.

Ricky was spot-on. These people know nothing. Yet all the while they demand that we listen to them. The notable thing — they do not ask that we follow their example.