Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Take On Hollywood Taboos at the Golden Globes

The awards show got off to a socially charged start, thanks to the comedians’ sharp wit.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only.' (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Jan 11, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Jennifer Swann is TakePart’s culture and lifestyle reporter.

Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler used their opening monologue Sunday night to address a smattering of issues from sexism and ageism to racism and unrealistic beauty standards.

The two SNL alums took shots at Hollywood’s most-talked-about topics, including the The Interview and Bill Cosby, but their most affecting jokes were the most painfully true commentaries about race, gender, and representation. Here are our favorites.

On roles for older women:

Boyhood proves there are stil great roles for women over 40, as long as you get hired when you’re under 40.” —Poehler, referring to Patricia Arquette, who began filming Richard Linklater's 12-year epic when she was 36

On unrealistic beauty standards in Hollywood:

“Steve Carell took two hours to put on his hair and makeup for Foxcatcher. By comparison, it took me about three hours today to prepare for my role as human woman.” —Fey, referencing Carell's prosthetic nose for his role as a billionaire wrestling enthusiast

On sexism:

Amal Alamuddin is a “human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, an advisor to Kofi Annan on Syria. and was appointed to a three-person commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.” —Fey, on the irony of George Clooney's Cecil B. DeMille Award

On racism in America:

“The movie Selma is about the American civil rights movement that totally worked, and everything is fine.” —Fey, sarcastically indicating that everything is not fine.