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Ricky Gervais, Mean Spirited or Just Funny? [VIDEO]

I watched the Golden Globes on Sunday and I’ve even discussed how it has lost its pizazz in an earlier post.  I cannot help but think that was in part to Ricky Gervais.  I must admit I’m a slight fan of the guy, however, I think he might have taken it a bit to far. Robert Downey Jr. even quirked back to Ricky after he brought up his rehab and jail stints about how the night had turned “hugely mean-spirited”.  I agreed.  I know some will argue that it is  “British Humor,” or that they are celebrities and need to be knocked down off their high horse.  Even if these celebrities are in the lime light they still have feelings.  You can joke without being mean.  The celebrity targets balked at his humor and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, organizers of the Globes, are hinting that the British comic won’t be back in 2012.

Gervais’ monologue, in which he skewered the recent box-off flop The Tourist (whose stars, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, were in attendance) and Charlie Sheen (who was not), as well as his bits throughout the ceremony left a both stars and press with a bad taste in their mouths.

The critics were quick to chime in, too:

The New York Times:

“Ricky Gervais, the master of ceremonies, broke the rule of paying homage to the obscure foreign journalists whose one lever of power are those awards. He was merciless from the start.”

The Washington Post:

“Are we at war with England? If not, then why have we been subjected to two years of Gervais hosting the Golden Globe Awards, witnessing a growing hostility between the British comedian and a resentful audience of celebs?”

Los Angeles Times:

“Poking fun at big stars is in the job description. But televised teasing requires a lightness of touch or else it quickly becomes bullying.”

To top it off, Hollywood Foreign Press president Philip Berk (also roasted by Gervais) told The Hollywood Reporter that the host “definitely crossed the line,” but he couldn’t have been entirely offended: the broadcast was seen by 17 million viewers — its largest TV audience in three years.

So what do you think?  Do you thing Gervais was mean or just being funny?

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