During last night’s Golden Globes red carpet, the E! network decided it would be cool to share some “fun facts” about various celebrities as they all arrived. Most were totally innocuous and not at all noteworthy (I don’t remember any of them), but one in particular caught everyone’s eye… and not for the reasons E! probably hoped.
E! felt that a “fun fact” to include would be Michael J. Fox‘s diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, a disorder he has battled for over 20 years now and seems to finally have found a bit of relief from, though of course it never goes away. I doubt he would consider any part of his illness “fun”, and while I’m sure they didn’t mean any harm with this, I bet you someone (or a few someones) lost a job over this bullshit. How insensitive and idiotic can you be?
Here’s the apology issued by the network:
“We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our E! Online live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”
Huh. Basically, not sorry for what we did but sorry that people called them out for it. Ugh, whatever.
Unfortunately, the opening monologue was the longest we got to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at last night’s Golden Globes performance (and they’re the only Golden Globes post you’ll get around here until Catherine’s fashion post later today), but boy, did they make it worth it. These ladies know funny, and they had some amazing jokes in there. The full video is below, but in case you’re at work and can’t watch or just don’t feel like it (hey, I’m lazy too, I understand), I’ll put a few highlights below. The whole thing really is worth watching, though.
“Meryl Streep is here. She was so brilliant in August: Osage County, proving that there are still great roles for Meryl Streeps over 60.”
“[The film] is up for several awards this year. If I wanted to see Jonah Hill masturbate at a pool party, I’d go to one of Jonah Hill’s pool parties.”
“Woody Allen is the recipient of this year’s Cecil B DeMille Award, just a few years after Martin Scorsese won. I assume the award is for tiniest man with the biggest glasses.”
“Matthew McConaughey did great work this year in Dallas Buyers Club. He lost 45lbs for the role… which is what actresses call ‘being in a movie’.”
(On Gravity): “George Clooney would rather float off into space and die than spend time with a woman his own age.”
All in all, the broadcast actually went pretty quickly, which is a blessing when you’re talking about a three hour show. What were the best bits? What did you hate? Jacqueline Bisset being a total weirdo (too weird for Mia Farrow, as she pointed out on her Twitter account) was a lowlight, but Emma Thompson being equally as wasted and yet still totally graceful was divine.
One of The Golden Globes most memorable moments was Michael C. Hall‘s victory in the Best Actor, TV Series Drama category for his wonderful work on “Dexter.” Not only was this win long overdue, but the timing was even sweeter following last week’s admission that Michael’s been receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
However, at least one person in the Shrine Auditorium might have felt that sympathy factored in to Michael’s win, his category rival, Bill Paxton. I’m no lip reader, but it looks suspiciously like the “Big Love” loser says something about “the cancer card” when the camera cuts to him during Michael’s walk to the podium.
This was one of the few moments I did catch live last night, and I did not notice any such comment being said. However, it does not surprise me in the least that someone’s wondering aloud in the newspaper if that’s what happened. The clip that accompanied the PopWrap piece was pulled down due to copyright infringement, so I can’t catch a second look, but do we have to even talk about this? If Bill Paxton really did say that, then why can’t we just let him be an asshole? It’s much more upsetting for Michael C. Hall to know that one of his peers said that about him than it is for us to know that we can trust the guy who plays Bill Hendrickson on TV.
UPDATE: If you want to check out the clip, here it is: