Actor and The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis believes “America’s obsession” with celebrities is a “mental illness” and celebrities of all types “should be mocked” without fear or favor.
“Celebrity in general should be mocked,” the Hangover star shared Monday on Conan O’Brien’s podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” released this week. “It’s all ridiculous. It’s how we ended up with a celebrity president. America’s obsession with celebrity is a mental illness.”
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His remarks stemmed from a discussion about sit-down with then-President Barack Obama in 2014 on the Funny or Die satirical interview show Between Two Ferns.
“I just thought it was so funny all these celebrity actor people always get interviewed politely, and I just thought there was something funny about not being polite,” Galifianakis observed. “It was kind of a fantasy thing, man, if I could just get an interview show where I can roll my eyes at what they’re saying.”
Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer arrive at the U.S. premiere of Ron’s Gone Wrong at El Capitan Theatre on October 19, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Galifianakis admitted to being “incredibly nervous” ahead of the taping with Obama at the White House.
He also recalled suffering from seating a foul up right before his chat with the 44th president that resulted in the pair trading barbs with one another and jo …
Share this:Comedian Ricky Gervais has recently slammed celebrities who constantly use their influence to virtue signal, asserting that “the people with nothing became tired of being lectured by people who had everything.”
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Gervais hosted the award ceremony on five different occasions but it is his participation at the Golden Globes in 2020 that managed to garner the most attention, wherein the comedian unapologetically lambasted woke Hollywood celebrities and tech companies for using the event as a platform to make political statements.
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While he’s not hosting the event this year, Gervais did have some pointed comments on the awards ceremony and those who attend them while speaking with The Sun.
“They’re trying to get through this and start again. I don’t think anyone’s even been invited. It’s not even a ceremony,” said Gervais regarding this year’s Golden Globes, assessing that the event “could come back stronger than ever and be loved again or it could be the last one.”
Regarding his past appearances at the Golden Globes as a host, the comedian declared that “2020 was my favourite one. That one captured the imagination.” The comedian went on to explain that he got some criticism after he targeted celebrities the first time he hosted the event, but that particular sentiment has since changed.
“The first time I did it, ten years ago, everyone was like, ‘Ah, how can you talk to these wonderful multi-millionaires, how can you talk to these beautiful people, like that? We love celebrities,’” Gervais pointed out, adding, “By the last one it was like, ‘God, give it to them, we hate celebrities!’”
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The comedian then proceeded to explain why he believes people have turned on woke celebrities in recent years, suggesting that it all comes down to the latter’s hypocritical, incessant virtue signalling.
“I know what it is,” Gervais continued. “With all of the austerity and people struggling, they think, ‘Why are these people lecturing me? They’re going to an awards ceremony in a limo and are telling me to recycle?’”
Further expanding on his theory, Gervais added, “People just got sick of it, just got sick of virtue signalling. And they were like a beacon to aim their wrath at. The people with not …