Observations of an Overthinker

Ricky Gervais

It’s that time of year again when everyone hates wealthy Hollywood-types for having an opinion that isn’t theirs.

I never understood why we make fun of people for having an opinion. (feel free to make fun of mine.) There isn’t a taxpaying job under the sun that doesn’t deserve the right to question political authority. Not one. The only job that should be held to a higher political standard is politicians. No one cares if their mechanic curses, the nail lady tells an off-color joke, or if the cashier is wearing an Anonymous shirt. They all get a pass. It’s when liberal wealth is speaking everyone feels the need to point the finger and publically shame. I got news for ya: actors and singers have just as much right to put themselves out there as you do. Facebook and Twitter even leveled the playing field. So saying, “you wish actors would shut the fuck up and just accept their award” doesn’t make you any different. Mirror: you’re now accepting an award for disliking theirs. Also, this isn’t about Ricky Gervais. He’s brilliant. Always has been. And, worth $110 million. Imagine that? But c’mon, he’s just playing the room. I bet he’d do the same at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. That still doesn’t make him right or wrong. He did what any forward-thinking comedian would do in that situation. He let the air out of the ballon. I would’ve done the same. But that isn’t solving world hunger nor addressing the illusion that costal affluent are one side and flyover-Fred is another. We’re all in this together. Some of you say shit that makes my head spin like Linda Blair. I’m sure I do the same to some of you. But, again, we’re in this together. So why don’t we stick to holding politicians accountable—whose salaries we pay—and try to unify everyone else regardless of their job, political affiliation, or ethnicity. You know, make the world a better place for your kids. Yes, yours. I have none but care about the world we leave behind.

So y’all can stick to yelling at Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro all you want. I’m gonna stay focused on Congress and the White House where change is legislated.

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