For those of you who opted out of watching the Hollywood set bash President Donald Trump at the Golden Globes on Sunday, it was pretty much business as usual. But this year had the added attraction of celebrities talking about the latest hot-button topic of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.
Meyers, a first-time host of the 75th annual awards show, greeted the audience with his first zinger: “Good evening, ladies…and remaining gentlemen.”
“It’s 2018: marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn’t,” the NBC “Late Night” host commented, receiving wild applause. “It’s gonna be a good year.”
Meyers went on to say, “This was the year of big little lies and get out. And also the television series ‘Big Little Lies’ and the movie ‘Get Out'”.
His jokes contained uncomfortable truth: “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”
Prior to the awards ceremony Meyers, 44, made it clear that he was willing to take advantage of the ongoing Hollywood “swamp draining” and forgo his regular bag of jokes that usually focus on how much liberals hate the President.
“Going into it our focus is far more on the worlds that make these films and less on anything that’s happening in Washington,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum told People magazine earlier this month.
“I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room – Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” Meyers told the audience. “But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the in memorium.”
Of course, Meyers’ monologue wasn’t completely devoid of Trump-bashing.
“A string of three words that could not have been better designed to infuriate our president: Hollywood Foreign Press. The only name that would make [Trump] angrier would be the ‘Hillary Mexico Salad Association,’” joked Meyers.
“In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be president. And some have said that night convinced him to run,” Meyers quipped before adding, “So if that’s true, I just want to say, Oprah, you will never be president. You do not have what it takes!”
He then turned to actor Tom Hanks and said, “And Hanks, you will never be vice president. You are too mean and unrelatable.”
Ending his remarks on a more serious note, Meyers noted, “People in this room worked really hard to get here. But it’s clearer now than ever before that the women had to work even harder.”
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