Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes: Crossing a Line or Preaching the Truth?

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Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2011Many people consider the Golden Globes to be the lesser of the two Hollywood awards shows looking at the Globes as the looser, more relaxed lead up into the heavy hitter Academy Awards. However, there seem to be some people out there that think the Golden Globes are extremely important and must be dealt with the utmost professionalism and class that can be achieved. Well, if that is the case, then don’t enlist a comedian to host the show, especially if his name is Ricky Gervais.

Television critics have been bashing the crap out of Gervais for the past two days for being what they called “rude” and “downright mean” at the Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globes have always been more entertaining than the intensely dry Academy Awards. Many people consider both awards shows to be inherently smug consisting of a bunch of celebrities kissing each other’s bums and celebrating how famous they are. If this is the case, then who better to host the show then somebody who isn’t afraid to say what he wants?

A lot of people at the Globes were good and ready to get sucked up to but instead, Gervais sucker punched them in the face. If you have ever seen Gervais do comedy then you know that he is cynical, sarcastic and ballsy. He isn’t afraid to call a piece of crap a piece of crap and does it in a lovely English accent, I might add. Given the debauchery that is going on with Hollywood celebrities, Gervais had a lot to work with. Just in his opening speech he took jabs at Charlie Sheen, the movie The Tourist as well as stars of the film Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, the women of Sex and the City 2, “unnamed” Scientologists (John Travolta anyone?), Hugh Hefner and fiancée Chrystal Harris, Hurely from the television series Lost, Mel Gibson and even Cher.

Gervais was funny, no, he was hilarious! I mean come on people, he’s a comedian, it’s what he does. Our country needs to have far less people who think they are the real McCoy and who need to turn and laugh at themselves. Gervais did what every good comedian does, he pointed out the ridiculous and asked everybody “isn’t this ridiculous?” Gervais had the balls to do what everybody else wishes they could do, make fun of the famous people many of us idolize. Sure you can all sit at home and make fun of the celebrities from the comfort and safety of your living room in Ohio, far away from the celebrities themselves, but could you do it directly to their faces? Gervais can and he did.

In a world full of political correctness, lawsuits and people getting offended at the drop of a hat, I applaud Ricky Gervais for looking at all of that and calling it a load of bollocks. The world needs more people like Ricky Gervais and less people like the critics who, in my opinion, need to pull their lips off the derrière of every celebrity in Hollywood and learn to laugh. Kudos Ricky Gervais for doing what most of us only dream of doing.

Check out Gervais’ Golden Globe Awards opener:

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The PC Huck Finn without the ‘N’ Word

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Huck and Jim

Here is the latest Media Absurdity, New South Books wants to rewrite the history of the old south. I guess that’s why the publisher is named ‘New South’ books.

Recently, South Books informed the world that that they will remove the ‘n’-word from their upcoming republication of Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.

I consider it crude raw unabated censorship, an infringement of our unique American right to freedom of speech, and a gross distortion of Twain’s view of the world as it existed in his day.

Twain’s wrote about a time when slavery existed in America. Slavery at the time of Twain was ugly and at times downright evil. The rawest racist language of his day is highlighted by all the characters in his books.
Twain got it right a century and a quarter ago by creating the character Huck Finn. Huck Finn’s use the n-word with other crude racial epithets was Twain’s protest against racial bigotry.

Twain conveyed the sentiment that was part of America’s horrid racial legacy. Had Twain sugar coated the language he painted a real world scene instead of some wizzard of oz fantasy.

Huck Finn’s ugly language provides perhaps the most realistic insight to life as an American slave. To Remove the ‘n’ word would be hypocritical.

Like Charles Dickens from a quarter century earlier, what make Twain and Dickens great was their ability to write about the real world with all its cruelty and goodness. They brought to readers minds, the injustice in society buy building such believable characters. Their language was and  is the first step in curing social injustice.

Yes Huck Finn’s ugly language was mean and ugly, yet it provided perhaps the most real insight to life as an American slave. To remove the ‘n’ word would be hypocritical in my opinion.

Today’s standard of PC, political correctness, is a far bigger absurdity than Twain’s use of the n-word. Keep the n-word in Huck Finn so generations from now will learn from a world that was more real than any other documentation that existed in the day.

Let’s never forget man’s cruelty to man, let’s never forget the words of Huck Finn and Jim.

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Employees at Zurich Bank Asked to Trim Nose Hair

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UBS SwitzerlandNo matter where you work you will have to behave with a certain decorum. Every company or business has their certain dress code regulations whether it be wearing dress clothes in a business environment or a uniform for working maintenance. In most cases, dress code regulations are pretty standard and don’t require too much from the employee. But if you decide to go work for a bank in Zurich, you may find yourself complying with more than you had originally thought.

The aforementioned bank, known as UBS, has been trying to downplay the regulations which offered detailed instructions to employees that went as far as to restrict the color of their underwear and the length of their nose hairs. Reuters intercepted an internal memo for the Swiss bank where bank officials said “inaccuracies and misunderstandings” had occurred due to press coverage. This included headlines such as “Dress Test” and “No Sexiness in the City”.

According to the UBS memo, “The key element of the dress code is the requirement for staff to wear a dark suit, white shirt/blouse, red tie/scarf and black shoes. This requirement comes into effect for staff once renovated branches reopen.” The memo also said that the dress code was created in 2009 for reception staff, event attendants and chauffeurs but was being extended to customer-facing staff in Switzerland in order to help the bank present a consistent image.

This effort to “smarten up staff” is part of a much wider campaign to improve the public image of the country’s top bank, which was bailed out by the government after writing off more than 50 billion Swiss francs (or $52.2 billion) of toxic assets in the crisis. UBS is also developing a corporate identity in the form of making a standard layout and decor. This drive to develop a consistent corporate image is seen, by many, as the brainchild of Lukas Gaehwiler, CEO of UBS Switzerland.

The memo also states that “the dress code also contains a number of other general tips and hints.” These hints and tips run a nice 44 pages and also include advice to avoid eating garlic and onion as well as a discussion on the benefits of well-trimmed toenails. Other absurd instructions include: “When you are in corporate wear you must never wear the blouse or shirt too tight: no part of the bosom must be visible, as this would look vulgar.”

Source: All Weird News

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