Jerrod Carmichael gets brutally honest in Golden Globes monologue — and Twitter loves it

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael opened the 80th Golden Globes with a punchline monologue so uncomfortable and brutally honest, even the audience didn’t know when to laugh.

The comedian — whose HBO comedy special Rothaniel featured his outstanding approach to honest storytelling about his personal life — immediately addressed issues with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards show. In 2021 the Los Angeles Times published a scathing report on the HFPA and its lack of diversity. The report stated that the organization had no black members and allegedly committed several ethical violations, among other things. In many ways, it seemed like the awards show had returned as if nothing had happened.

So Carmichael took a few minutes to explain how he ended up on stage and the moral dilemma it created when he got the call.

“I’ll tell you why I’m here: I’m here because I’m black. I’ll tell you what’s going on,” Carmichael said. “That show, the Golden Globe Awards, didn’t air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – which I won’t say – was a racist organization, but it didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died. So do what you want with this information. I’ll tell you how I got here.”

Carmichael recounted his phone call with Globes producer Stephen Hill, MRC’s executive vice president of creative.

“I said, ‘Stephen, I’ll be honest with you, I’m a little bit torn because it’s a great opportunity, but I’m only being asked to moderate this because I’m black.’ And Stephen said, “Let me stop you right now. You are asked to host this show because you are talented. You are asked to host this show because you are charming…. But Stephen is Black, so what does he know?”

It was a fairly candid monologue about the elephant in the room, with a few awkward laughs from the audience to boot. The actors — from Brad Pitt to Phoebe Waller-Bridge — could hardly sit still during the monologue and seemed uncomfortable with Carmichael’s remarks. However, several Twitter users rejoiced for the necessary and candid moment:

In 2021, the Golden Globes were not televised after the Los Angeles Times investigation uncovered systemic issues within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. NBC said it will air the ceremony once the organization enacted “meaningful reforms.”

“Regardless of the history of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, this is a night to celebrate,” Carmichael said. “I think this industry deserves evenings like this. I’m glad you’re all here. I’m glad I’m here.”

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