This year’s Golden Globes monologue by hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh tried it’s best to be woke. Between niceties and socially aware jokes, the monologue seemed made to accompany the diversity of the nominees later in the night.
The monologue started with a bevy of roast jokes reminiscent of previous hosts like Ricky Gervais, but Oh and Samberg decided to only do nice roasts like, “Michael B. Jordan? More like Michael be buff AF — you a snack, Michael!” or, “Hey, Bradley Cooper — you’re hot.” But the hosts then went on to more conventional monologue jokes.
Later in the monologue, Bay Area Native Samberg turned his attention to Oakland-born director Ryan Coogler to say, “If you told me as a kid growing up in the Bay that there was a movie called ‘Black Panther’ that starts off in Oakland, this is not what I would have imagined,” Samberg went on. “Ryan, were there a bunch of old members of the actual Black Panther Party saying, ‘I can’t even get an audition?’ Just kidding they were all framed and murdered for wanting justice and equality. The world is and always has been a nightmare. It just seems worse now because of our phones.”
Oh later joked about Crazy Rich Asians saying, “the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost In the Shell and Aloha.” A voice from the audience interrupted this joke to say, “I’m sorry.” While the video doesn’t pan to the voice, it is possibly Emma Stone who played a part-Asian character in the box office dud Aloha. Oh wasn’t done talking about Crazy Rich Asians. She sent over Saturday Night Live writer Bowen Yang with a giant pillbox of antacid to protect the table from “Asian glow.”
After a bit with Jim Carrey, the monologue ended on a serious note on the importance of inclusion.
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