2011: After Ricky Gervais used his bully pulpit as host of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to accuse the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of taking bribes and lampoon the partying habits of Charlie Sheen, the Internet was abuzz with rumors that he had been, or soon would be, fired. Even though the official HFPA line is that they "loved the show," there are still reports like this one from the Huffington Post floating around:
Rob Shuter of PopEater reports that one Hollywood Foreign Press Association (they put on and vote for the awards) told him that Gervais will not return as host—and won't ever get nominated for a Golden Globe, either.
“Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure,” the HFPA member said. "For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.”
93: Historians still debate how seriously to take early biographers’ claims that the Roman satirist Juvenal was exiled for mocking a pantomime actor who happened to be a favorite of the current emperor. In his introduction to Juvenal’s Sixteen Satires, Peter Green contextualizes the roast that possibly got Juvenal into hot water:
[I]n middle age Juvenal uttered a short pasquinade of a few verses satirizing Paris the pantomimus and his jobbing of commissions. There is no clear indication whether this Paris was the one who performed under Nero, or his successor at the court of Domitian: to confuse matters further, both were executed by their respective Imperial masters, the first in 67, the second in 83 The lines actually sited are the following:
What nobles cannot bestow, an actor will. Why bother
to appear in great patricians’ spacious reception-halls?
Prefects and tributes alike are appointed by ballet dancers.
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