Dames of the Golden Globes

Dames grace every award ceremony in Hollywood – think Dame Judith Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Elizabeth Taylor – and they are Dames because of the quality of their work. Right?

I don’t know. It’s hard to hear about their accomplishments through the barrage of innocuous comments about how they look — Did they look fabulous? Who were they wearing? Was their dress classy? Was there a naughty slit up the side?

We should know Dame Helen Mirren for her incredible work in movies like “The Queen,” but we don’t. We know her because she rocks a bikini in her sixties. I have to admit those photos were amazing, and I even blogged about her body. Sorry, Dame Helen Mirren. I didn’t see “The Queen” but I totally gawked at your bikini photos. I admit it.

Last night’s Golden Globes brought us Madonna, a powerful Dame in her own right. Whatever you think of Madonna, she has staying power. So, how did she help out the Dame cause? She dissed Ricky Gervais by dissing women. Her comment when he questioned her “virginity” was:

If I’m still a virgin, Ricky, why don’t you come over here and do something about it. I haven’t kissed a girl in a few years…

I guess the big slam was comparing Ricky to a girl. Wham. Bam. Lousy slam.

Come on, ladies. Our problem is not only the seat we accept on the celebrity bus, it’s the fact that we’re willing to throw ourselves under it.

Why do we allow ourselves to become the butt of every joke, or have jokes comment on our butts?

Finally, when a movie with an all female cast like “Bridesmaids” wins at the People’s Choice Awards — could there be one female on the stage accepting the award? Just one? Apparently not. Instead, there were five men talking about how women have finally proven they they can be funny. I thought Lucille Ball did that decades ago. Or Carol Burnett. Or Mary Tyler Moore. Or Betty White. You get my point, yet I can’t seem to stop myself . . .[click on the links for some of my favorite funny moments).

Just wondering if you’ve noticed what I’ve noticed. Let me know.