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Comedian causes controversy

Jokes fall flat, leaves audience appalled

Awards shows always spark controversy. From Kanye degrading Taylor Swift on stage at the 2009 MTV Music Awards to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards, there is always drama that unfolds as the night goes on, and this year’s Golden Globes was no different.

It is only February, but the drama from the show has already sparked headlines and drama.
The Golden Globe Awards caused controversy, which stemmed from comedian Jo Koy’s monologue, in which he degraded women and the Barbie movie.

Jo Koy took the job on short notice, but even I could write better jokes than him. He chose to say the Barbie movie was simply about a doll with “big boobies”, which shows that he didn’t really watch the movie, or if he did, did not comprehend the true meaning of the film.

He also later took a hit at Taylor Swift along with a few and then went on to blame his bad jokes on the short time frame he was given. No one in the audience laughed, and he came across looking like a real jerk.

The Critics Choice Awards was also filled with drama, and this drama was once again mostly from Barbie.

At the Critics Choice Awards, Barbie sparked controversy when “I’m Just Ken” won best song. This choice was surprising to everyone, but especially to Ryan Gosling, who seemed to share everyone’s disappointment.

His song winning over Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” made a lot of people mad, including me, because the songs are not on the same level at all. “I’m Just Ken” was a great song, and Gosling was amazing, but “What Was I Made For?” was so heartfelt and encompassed everything the Barbie movie stood for.

The Oscars, which have not aired yet, posted the nominees for each category, and the Barbie movie once again was what sparked drama.

Both Margot Robbie, who played Barbie, and Greta Gerwig, who directed the movie, did not get nominated for any award, although the movie itself did. Instead, both Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera received nominations for best supporting actor and actress.

While Gerwig and Robbie both deserved a nomination, fans of the Barbie movie should be excited that Gosling and Ferrera got nominated. Ferrera was amazing in Barbie, and her character was one of the best in the whole movie, because her character was there to show that perfection isn’t possible and shouldn’t be anyone’s goal.

Ryan Gosling deserved this nomination because he was so good as Ken. His humor really added to the movie’s comedy. He went full force into the role, and it paid off for not only the viewers but also for himself because it helped him get the nomination.

Another nominee people are missing because they are upset about Barbie’s actress and director is Lily Gladstone, who is nominated for Best Actress. She was in Killers of the Flower Moon and was the first Native American woman to be nominated for this award.

This nomination is a huge deal and it supports the point that the Barbie movie was trying to make. It shows that, although there is resistance, women are making changes and moving forward.

Award season can be pretty mundane with movie critics believing their beliefs are superior to the audiences, but the drama pulls us back in. Wondering what will come next keeps audiences on their toes and is probably the only reason awards shows still draw an audience.

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