The 2015 Golden Globe awards this past Sunday was a major success for women in the entertainment industry. Six female-led films were nominated for top awards, including Carol, Joy, and Mad Max, and female actresses America Ferrara and Eva Longoria pointed out the racism in mixing up actresses of color.
The Golden Globes’ feminist wins started at the very beginning with host Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue. While Gervais may be most famous for his self-deprecating jokes about himself, at the Golden Globes, he turned it around and instead mocked the gender inequality in Hollywood.
Several times during the award ceremony, the comedian attacked the gender wage inequality rampant throughout the industry, even among top actresses. This issue was brought to light earlier this year when Jennifer Lawrence penned an article about how low her salary was compared to her male counterparts in American Hustle, details that became public in the Sony leak.
Gervais in his jokes mocked pointed this out when he brought up the new all-female remakes of Ocean’s 11 and Ghostbusters, by saying, “And this is brilliant for the studios because they get guaranteed box office results and they don’t have to spend too much money on the cast.”
Gervais’ feminist monologue is applicable not just to the actresses of Hollywood, but to women across the nation. As the Washington Post points out, “Even the wealthiest women aren’t immune” to the gender wage inequality gap.
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