It always promised to spark some sort of outsized outrage, and Ricky Gervais – frequent beacon of the PC-baiting, truth-‘splaining eggheads of Twitter trolldom – did just that with his Golden Globes monologue on Monday.

It wasn’t the rim-shot on Leonardo DiCaprio’s dating history that did it (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end of it his date was too old for him.”) Or the goofy gag about acting’s standing in today’s Marvel-led landscape (“Have we got an award for most ripped junkie?”) but a more sinister stab at Hollywood piety.

Ricky Gervais' hosting gig at the Golden Globes has led to furious debate.

Ricky Gervais’ hosting gig at the Golden Globes has led to furious debate.Credit:AP

“Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais said to a smattering of gasps. “You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable: Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t ya?”

He continued: “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f–k off.”

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