Monday, April 27, 2020

Ricky Gervais stomps on pious celebs yet again

Ricky Gervais can be a smug, self-righteous pain in the ass when he wants to be. But lately, he's been aiming his barbs in a direction that I can agree with: toward his fellow smug, self-righteous celebrities. Here's an excerpt from a Page Six article about Gervais's latest:

British funnyman Ricky Gervais again lashed out at “multi-millionaire celebs” in a new interview—for lecturing “normal nobodies” during the coronavirus outbreak.

The 58-year-old targeted “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot and a crew of other A-listers, such as Will Ferrell and Mark Ruffalo, for their viral cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” released last month in response to the crisis.

“That Imagine video, it’s not that bad, they’re probably very nice people,” Gervais said on BBC Radio 5, according to The Sun. “It was an awful rendition, but they might have been doing it for good reasons, to help these normal nobodies.”

“But they’re going, ‘My film’s coming up and I’m not on telly—I need to be in the public eye,’ not all of them but some of them,” he added. “You can see in their eye—‘I could cry at the beauty of my personality, I’m just so beautiful for doing this’ and everyone sees that—we get it.”


“For a start, you won’t hear me complain—not when there’s [United Kingdom National Health Service] nurses doing 14 hours shifts—and frontline workers carrying on and risking their health,” he said. “I’m fine. Don’t worry about me... I go for walks on Hampstead Heath, and we’ve got a garden.”

He said that privileged superstars don’t have a right to preach to the general public during the crisis.

“There are people in high rise blocks with three kids—I can’t complain,” the comedian said. “This is why millionaires in their mansions with their gym and going for a swim can’t lecture people.”

Musical humorist Charles Cornell did his own spoof of the above-mentioned "Imagine" song which, as noted, had been compiled by a bunch of stir-crazy celebrities. At first, I didn't get the humor of Cornell's video, but then I realized that Cornell was mocking the fact that every person in the "Imagine" video was singing in a different goddamn key. So when Cornell humorously imagines a band that's accompanying these singers, you notice that the band is desperately trying to keep up with all the random key changes. That's the joke. Hilarious. I hope I haven't spoiled the video for you because here it is:

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