'No-one cares what a privileged Hollywood star thinks about Donald Trump' Jordan Peterson and Piers Morgan react to the Golden Globes

Tuesday 9th January 2024

Jordan Peterson has criticised Hollywood actors who use their platform for political purposes.

Speaking to TalkTV's Piers Morgan, the philosopher said the practice was inefficient and a cover for the guilt some stars feel for their privileged lifestyle.

It comes after the Gold Globe Awards were held in Los Angeles on Monday night after the event was taken off television in 2022 after it was revealed that the voting body for the awards had no black members.

Some voters were also accused of making sexist and racist remarks and asking for favours from celebrities and film studios.

Piers says it looks as though Hollywood may have finally received the “Ricky Gervais memo,” after the comedian hosted in 2020 with an acidic opening monologue and claimed audiences are sick of "virtue signalling" from celebrities.

Piers said: "I watched the whole thing for three hours, no political speeches, no virtue signalling and no grandstanding. People did what Ricky Gervais told them to do three years ago; get up, thank your agent, sit down, and just celebrate making movies or TV shows."

Mr Peterson said: "At the Golden Globes the storytellers are realising that subordinating their venture to the idiot political, especially a victim-victimiser narrative, which is the lowest form of the political, is counterproductive in every possible way, including financially.

Piers: 'I watched the whole thing for three hours, no political speeches, no virtue signalling no grandstanding'

"The art should never be subordinated to serve the political because then it gets not only does it get propagandistic, it gets dull and contemptible.

"No one cares what a star thinks about Trump, especially when, what they what they have to say about Trump can be said just as coherently by your demented neighbour.

"Hollywood stars believe that their luxurious and privileged life isn't paid for by the gruelling necessity of having to make a movie, which is more something like a great adventure, so they feel guilty and feel that they have to serve something real."

The UK enjoyed modest success at this year’s awards, with wins in six of the 27 awards up for grabs: three for individual performers and three for co-productions with other countries.

The three performers were Matthew Macfadyen, who won best male supporting actor in a television series for his role in the drama Succession; Ricky Gervais, who picked up the award for best performance in stand-up comedy on television for his one-off show Armageddon; and Christopher Nolan, named best director for the biographical blockbuster Oppenheimer.

It is the first major directing award for Nolan, despite a long career in the film industry and a host of Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe nominations for films such as Memento, Inception and Dunkirk.