By Paul Bond
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - British comedian Ricky
Gervais is the new darling of political conservatives thanks to
the fusillade of insults he directed at the aghast celebrities
attending the weekend's Golden Globe Awards.
Delighted at the sight of Gervais belittling Hollywood
elitists who they maintain do likewise to them regularly, the
right-wing blogosphere lit up with positive reviews, even while
more traditional media was critical of Sunday's telecast.
Had Gervais "been as relentless in ripping apart Sarah
Palin, her young children, Jesus Christ or George W. Bush,
today the comedian would be celebrated as 'edgy' and
'courageous'," noted John Nolte, editor of the Andrew Breitbart
website Big Hollywood.
Instead, the Washington Post said Gervais "crashed" and the
New York Times said he was "merciless" and in "bad form."
Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association (HFPA), the event's organizer, said some of the
things Gervais said "were totally unacceptable."
Nolte, though, likened Gervais' jabs at various actors and
the HFPA as a much-needed "sucker punch" leveled against elite
bullies who do likewise to middle America on a routine basis.
At Pajamas Media, a conservative and libertarian news
organization, CEO Roger Simon wrote that Gervais "has been
roundly attacked for being rude to practically everyone,
including the HFPA, whose event it was. Problem is: he was
right, particularly about the HFPA."
The U.K's right-leaning Daily Mail weighed in via a
lengthy, positive analysis of Gervais' performance that was
headlined: "Bravo, Ricky Gervais! A risque' attack on
"The flock didn't know what to do because it had never
encountered such risky mockery," author Quentin Letts wrote,
praising Gervais for his rebellious performance.
"Hollywood and its power brokers hate a rebel. It is a
place of groupthink and almost terminal political
On Sunday night Gervais earned himself a cult following
around the world, Letts opined, as "the man who went to
Hollywood and told them what a bunch of self-regarding boobies
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