I didn’t waste any time watching the Golden Globes last night. We have some pretty amazing sound bites from some of the intros, like Tom Hanks giving an award to Warren Beatty. I’m not sure we can play this, even though it aired on NBC! I’m going to go ahead and play it, but it’s pretty ribald. We had Sasha Baron Cohen, a/k/a Borat accepting his award, which was just as smutty.
I didn’t watch the awards themselves, but I did check out a bit of the pre-show. I’ve wondered about this for the longest time. The stars show up and the starettes show up and the people in the media on the red carpet tell us what they’re wearing — and I couldn’t help but wonder. We hear who made the gowns. We hear who designed the jewelry. In some cases we hear who did the hairstyles and so forth. But the one thing — and I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this; the one thing — we never hear about is who did the silicone. We never hear about who did the boob jobs. Who is responsible for the silicon? It’s as much a work of art as the fashion and anything else is. (interruption) Oh, I can tell by looking a Dawn she thinks I’ve stepped over the line… again. (Laughing.) What the hell, Dawn? What’s the name of the show? It’s the Golden Globes, right? How can you not tell us who did the silicon?
You know, this program is so on the cutting edge, it’s just frightening. I can remember my first commentary in broadcast media on the plight of ugly Americans. I named them: the Uglo-Americans. It was way back in 1983 when in Kansas City. When I went to Sacramento I conditioned my crusade on behalf of the ugly American. I talked about how they were discriminated against, how life was tougher for them. It is where I evolved Undeniable Truth of Life #24: “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easy access to the mainstream of society.”
I don’t care what you think of how that sounds. There can be no doubt about it. It’s up to you to face the truth. That’s why I say, “You gotta have courage to face the truth in this program or you go bazonkers and nuts.” Last night at the Golden Globes, one of the winners was television actress America Ferrera, who plays the lead character in the TV show “Ugly Betty,” and I profess I’ve never seen Ugly Betty. I don’t really want to look at ugly people when I don’t have to, but they made a TV show about this. She won if for best actress in a TV comedy, and here’s a portion of her acceptance speech.
FERRERA (breathless): Thank you for recognizing the show and this character, who is truly bringing a new face to television and such a beautiful message about beauty that lies deeper than what we see — and it’s such an honor to play a role that I hear from young girls on a daily basis how it makes them feel worthy and lovable and that they have more to offer the world than they thought, and it’s such an honor to play this role.
RUSH: And there were tears. There was applause. I find it interesting how a program with a character who’s on purpose “ugly,” is now said to be a positive influence and a great role model for young girls because they’re getting a steady diet of: the way to be successful is to be as brainless as Paris Hilton, to be as thin as Nicole Richie, and have literally nothing to offer other than those two things. Of course, there’s this crusade to try to get women to eat and grow, because the role models for young women are all these gorgeous babes that are manufactured with silicon. So here comes Ugly Betty and everybody says, “Oh! Oh!” because this is a real woman, real girl. This does so much to help girls who watch the program. So this television show, yes! It is a positive influence on the people that watch it. It’s a great influence for America! “24”? Dangerous! This show? Fabulous. But I just want to take you back to 1993, just to prove this. On my television show, this is what I had to say about the ugly back then.
RUSH ARCHIVE: Let’s face it, you ugly people you know who you are, and you — (Audience Laughter.) You average people, I think you know who you are as well. It says here: “Ugly people tend to earn about 5% less than average looking people. However, differences emerge between men and women. Men who are uglier than average tend to make 9% less, while below average women [or ugly] make only 5% less.” We’ve come up with a name, by the way, for the ugly. We call them Uglo-Americans.
RUSH: Yes. So it’s amazing, and I got grief for this! I was sympathetic to them, by the way. I was not making fun of the Uglo-Americans. I was championing their cause, talking about how much tougher in life they have it. People would ask questions, “How do you know who’s ugly?” Since then, by the way, there have been scientific researches who did some serious research on the societal effects of ugly people, and everybody said, “Well, who are they saying is ugly? Who has the right to proclaim that person ugly and another person not ugly? In the scientific group, who did this?” When I was asked this, my answer was, “Come on! The ugly know who they are. Look in the mirror! It’s not a mystery here. Check the two-tone green leisure suit purchased at Kmart. That should be one of your first clues.” (Laughing.)
Dawn’s rolling her eyes and trying not to laugh but can’t help herself. Anyway, I get grief for it, and now they’ve awarded a character playing an ugly woman a Golden Globe for it. This is what I mean, folks, about the pioneers taking the arrows. Speaking of Golden Globes, you’ve gotta hear this. I’ve debated the whole program whether to play these for you, but they did air last night. Warren Beatty, I guess he got the big award. I don’t know what the award was. Lifetime sex achievement award, whatever they do out there. Here’s a portion of his acceptance speech.
BEATTY: I don’t know why these guys can’t take it a little easier. I don’t know why they can’t just, you know, do what I ask ’em to do. I — I — I — I asked Arnold to become a Democrat, he did what I said. (Laughter.) (Applause.)
RUSH: Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha. Tom Hanks did a moving tribute to Warren Beatty’s “balls,” and I kid you not.