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The comedic flop of Golden Globes host, Jo Koy

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Isabel Sands
Golden Globes host, Jo Koy, received major backlash for his routine in its entirety, but highlighted were certain segments where he made sexist comments about the movie “Barbie” and its main protagonist, Margot Robbie.

Jo Koy was this year’s host of the Golden Globes and his 10 minute monologue scored him a place in history as the biggest, and most controversial, pop culture news story of this year. And it’s only January.

Jo Koy received major backlash for his routine in its entirety, but highlighted were certain segments where he made sexist comments about the movie Barbie and its main protagonist, Margot Robbie.

When his commentary did not receive the reactions he wanted, Koy resorted to blaming his writers for his jokes not “landing” and the Golden Globes for hiring him only ten days prior.

“Yo, I got the gig 10 days ago. You want a perfect monologue?” Jo Koy said. “Yo, shut up. You’re kidding me, right? Slow down. I wrote some of these, and they’re the ones you’re laughing at.”

Then Koy turned his commentary to the nominees.

“Oppenheimer is based on a 721-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Manhattan Project. And Barbie is a plastic doll with big boobies,” he said.

This joke was the major source of negative attention in the monologue, resulting in people responding on social media saying he was, “The biggest comedic flop we’ve ever seen,” and suggesting that the Golden Globes never should have hired him.

Others created ways he could have said the exact same joke without offending women across the globe, and overlooking the people who worked so hard to create a positive message from this movie.

Koy even crudely commented on Margot Robbie’s appearance, insinuating that she had bad breath, cellulite and flat feet. His comment was in bad taste, seeing as the message of the movie was to empower women to be confident in their bodies and themselves.

It seems that the message of Barbie went straight over Koy’s head.

Even without these comments, his routine still lacked comedic value and largely consisted of announcements of who was there, such as Cillian Murphy, Taylor Swift, and more, followed by a racist, sexist, or rude comment toward the unamused victim and their work.

His monologue, if you want to call it that, was less of a monologue and more of a roast of the actors whose hard work scored themselves their seats at the Golden Globes.

Overall, viewers can be sure that Jo Koy will not return for a second year as Golden Globe host, or at any award show for that matter. His announcement about being hired only 10 days before the show seemed to not be the first of its kind, leaving viewers wondering why these award shows always seem to hire comics on extremely short notice.

Award shows can do better to make sure there won’t be another failure like Jo Koy’s.

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Isabel Sands, Podcast Editor. Arts & Entertainment Editor

Isabel Sands is in the 9th grade, beginning her fourth year at CSD. She is new to journalism because she decided to branch out and loves trying new things. She enjoys being spontaneous and believes that's truly the only way to have fun. Coming from a military family, she has developed her love of travel throughout the years and has been able to meet new people, see new places and experience new cultures.

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