Ricky Gervais hosted the 69th annual Golden Globes. Monologues and jokes were typical Gervais: slam the person of the moment. No one was safe. But it was to be expected, so pretty much everybody seemed prepared, including Madonna.
Hey, Elton! Better tell Bennie to cool his Jetts. It must be pretty bad when you’re Ricky Gervais and the only thing major to come from the Golden Globes was Elton John and his partner’s public tirades about Madonna.
Gervais hosted the 69th annual Golden Globes. Monologues and jokes were typical Gervais: slam the person of the moment. No one was safe. But it was to be expected, so pretty much everybody seemed prepared, including Madonna.
She seemed awkward at best in her banter with Gervais. In an almost script-like manner, she held her own as Gervais worked his way off stage.
However, little did we know, there was an even bigger score brewing behind the scenes. During a red-carpet interview, John and his civil partner, David Furnish, didn’t have anything nice to offer about being nominated for Best Original Song alongside Madonna.
John’s song “Hello Hello” (from “Gnomeo & Juliet”) and Madonna’s “Masterpiece” (W.E.) were up against Mary J. Blige (“The Living Proof” from “The Help”), Chris Cornell (“The Keeper,” from “Machine Gun Preacher”) and Glenn Close (“Lay Your Head Down,” from “Albert Nobbs”).
When asked who might win, Elton offered this: “Mary J. Blige might win it, but that Madonna doesn’t have a (expletive) chance.”
The reporter then asked if those were “fighting words,” to which Elton simply said, “No, those are accurate words.”
Ouch! Where did that come from? Looks like his panties were in knot from the get-go. In all honesty, if I were a betting man I would have put my money on Blige because her song “The Living Proof” summed up the greatness witnessed in “The Help,” but after his comments I was rooting for Madge to pull it off.
Matters went from bad to worse for John and Furnish as it was Madonna, who nabbed the Globe after all.
Furnish took his tirades up a notch, slamming Madonna even harder with his words.
“Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these award shows have nothing to do with merit,”?he said.
That’s some pretty big words, Mr. Furnish, considering The Globes are voted upon by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Talk about a sore loser. I would have laughed out loud had Madonna walked onto the stage and said, “Can you feel the love tonight? I know I can.”
Furnish has since apologized, but that’s because the press showed what an ass he was.
Someone ought to prompt John and Furnish to turn off their TV come Super Bowl Sunday, too, because Madonna’s gonna tear up the halftime show. I wouldn’t want them to spill their apple martinis all over their buffet. She’s also got a hot new single, “Gimme All Your Luvin,’” from her forthcoming album due out in March. So guys, don’t you know it — Madonna’s always going to be in Vogue.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.