Dislike for Hollywood seems to cut across all political and cultural and geographical lines in America. Although conservatives are the loudest about it, many other Americans share disdain for celebrities while having a morbid fascination about their lives.
The sense of magic of golden era Hollywood is gone for good. Too much access has showed us the vain new royalty and a sense of entitlement among people whose only skill is memorizing a script then reciting it on camera.
In particular, many people including myself are disgusted with how serious Hollywood takes itself. There are religions in the world that don’t view itself with the stick up the ass humorlessness of the Hollywood crowd.
The reaction to Ricky Gervais hosting the golden Globes the other day is a perfect example. Many of his jokes were dead on and entertaining. The kind of things people think but refuse to say. I for one do believe that Scientology closet Hollywood gays in return for cash and other prizes for example.
Gervais’s hosting was perceived mostly as a success by America at large. However, it was disliked by Hollywood. Let me get out the world’s smallest violin to play for them.
Gervais, by the way, is one of the funniest if not the funniest comedian around today. In addition to THE OFFICE (much funnier than the American version) and EXTRAS, his stand-up work is fantastic and can be found on You Tube.