Lambasting serial awards emcee Ricky Gervais for opening his big mug is akin to bear-hugging a porcupine then suing it for assault. The Real Ricky is a brand – a hired personality whose part is to bring Hollywood down a few pegs on behalf of everyday, lager-swilling folk. Part of that brand is fishing for outrage, or outrage at that outrage.
This year’s outrage comes after a slice of Gervais monologue cut at Caitlin Jenner, where he set us up to expect a punchline aimed right in the face of the trans community, then flips it to be about Jenner’s involvement in a four-car accident with multiple fatalities prior to her gender transition.
"I've changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she's had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn't do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can you?"
While The Real Ricky couldn’t give a bag of bollocks about what you or anyone else think about the jibe, and stands by his intentions, this series of increasingly defensive tweets suggest that the backlash might be wearing at the man a little more than usual.
Next Golden Globes, we recommend all media outlets pre-write a generic vitriolic form-article and leave blanks for the specifics of whichever risqué topic the awards organisers pay Ricky to cover.
Now, if you’d all join us in a long, drawn-out sigh.