Entrancing in a gorgeous burgundy dress, Tina Fey appears alongside her best friend and comedic genius Amy Poehler to open the 2014 Golden Globes. The audience cheers in anticipation for the opening monologue that is sure to be nothing short of amazing.
After a brief pause for outstanding cheers, both ladies begin their speech by thanking the audience as well as Lee Daniel’s the Butler and the nationwide gay audience “watching at home.” While their opening appears to be sincere in appreciating actors’ works, they quickly bypass any kindness with hard hitting comedic jokes.
Matt Damon is the first victim to Fey and Poehler’s jokes, which quickly sets the stage for any upcoming celebrity puns. After referencing Meryl Streep’s age, they highlight the issue of sexism and ageism in Hollywood, but with style. The issue of sexism (and ageism) in Hollywood is a serious and ever-growing one. Many women are turned down for roles of their own age, because directors would rather have a twenty-something play a 40-year-old. Though the issue is only being addressed now, the cause is certainly catching steam.
One of the most interesting jokes is on one of the host’s themselves; Amy Poehler. Amy herself recognizes “Amy” when the camera zooms in on Jennifer Lawrence’s face, all while Amy points out how surprising it is that she looks so young even though she is a 42 year old mother of two. Again, highlighting ageism in hollywood.
Moving along, both women congratulate Matthew McConaughey on his role in Dallas Buyers Club, while explicitly calling out his weight loss to play an AIDS stricken man. While it initially seems genuine, Fey goes on to compare it to all “women acting in a movie” to illuminate the challenges faced by women in the movie industry.
The 2014 Golden Globes opening is one of the most anticipated, mainly due to both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. However, many were not expecting to be faced with blunt facts regarding some of the biggest issues in society (not just Hollywood). By giving Fey and Poehler a stage to address serious issues through comedy, viewers are left with a sense of humor and reality. While many turn a deaf ear towards Hollywood, it is clearly evident that those with a big enough voice can make an impact.