There is only a thin line between making tasteful jokes about someone and making jokes demeaning someone and this comedian gets it.
Award shows are some of the most fun places on the planet if you're someone who enjoys glamour mixed with some fun conversations and controversies. The Golden Globes Awards is one of the best awards shows in the world for the American as well as for the international film and television industry. At the 81st Golden Globes Awards, Jo Koy, who is an American comedian and actor, hosted the awards but not many people were fans of his jokes and manner of speaking.
Among the many people, Koy decided to make badly written jokes about one of the most affluent and leading singers in the world, Taylor Swift. In an attempt to spur up some humor at her expense, Koy said, "As you know, we came on after a football doubleheader. The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL. On the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift, I swear." The joke resulted in him receiving an unamused, cold look from Swift as she sipped on her drink, staring blankly at Koy. The words were directed at Swift's recent whirlwind romance with Travis Kelce, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. The Grammy winner frequently shows up to support Kelce at his games, which results in widespread media coverage of the singer at these games.
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The jokes he made received backlash from everyone including Swift's fans from across the world. While some people said that Swift should have taken the humor lightly, many agree that the Joke was offensive and uncalled for. Comedian Lee Cohen—who goes by @leecohencomedy on TikTok—took her disagreement one step ahead and decided to show an example of humor that is not offensive. In a series of videos posted by Cohen, she gave an alternate monologue, which Koy would have seriously benefited from. The jokes she said were as funny as they were non-offensive, as opposed to what Koy said at the awards function. In a specific video posted by Cohen, she replied to a comment that requested she make a joke about Taylor Swift which was "actually funny" and she happily obliged.
She began her video by saying, "Taylor Swift is here tonight, which means the property value of this building just increased by, like, $10 trillion. I think we all need to leave within the next five minutes or we'll legally be declared squatters." This joke was based on the fact that Swift joined the exclusive billionaire group after her very successful Eras Tour. Next Cohen said, "Earlier this year, Taylor Swift released a song called Lavender Haze, which, weirdly enough, was my name when I worked at a smoke shop in college." This joke was a good filler before she said the final, most appropriate joke. Cohen spoke about the "Barbie" movie and how, while Margot Robbie played Barbie, Taylor is in fact, the real-life Barbie. She backed her statement by saying, "She's a successful, blond feminist icon who just wants people to stop talking about her f****** boyfriend."
People in the comment section fell in love with Cohen's version of the jokes, which they collectively believed to be so much better than what Koy said. @thelotuslizwell said, "I'll be the thousandth person to say you nailed it! It takes a woman." @rxali13, tagged the Golden Globes's TikTok account and said, "@Golden Globe Awards, this is what a dedicated effort to research, watch and understand content to create a monologue," and it makes total sense. @m0lly_rose applauded the Barbie joke Cohen made and said, "The last joke absolute perfection. The Oscar’s on the phone and hire this person!" @whitklos spotted some facts when they said, "And it took you less than 10 days to come up with those!"
In a world where women are finally rising through the ranks and unleashing their full potential all on their own, it isn't okay to disparage their hard work and efforts all in the name of humor. In his speech, Koy also made untasteful jokes about other celebrities like Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie, amongst others. He, however, held the pressure of being a host accountable for this.