In what can only rise to second place in the pantheon of weird Joaquin Phoenix television moments, the actor dropped several “fucks” in his acceptance speech at last night’s Golden Globes. Apparently, winning for his performance in Joker made Phoenix feel like dropping an F-bomb or six. Unfortunately, the imprecise nature of the bleep button (or, in this case, the mute button) means it was pretty difficult for everyone at home to know what the fuck he was saying.
The speech started off coherently, with the longtime vegan thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for “recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change.” But the awards show skeptic followed that up by telling his fellow nominees that “there’s no fucking competition” between them, and that any perception was “created to sell advertisements for the TV show.”
The swearing didn’t stop there, so much of Phoenix’s speech didn’t make it to air in the American broadcast. Luckily, overseas networks aren’t nearly as uptight, and at least one of them didn’t bother censoring the naughty words.
One London-based Twitter user thoughtfully recorded and posted videos of the uncensored, meandering speech.
— esin☽ (@thouflowergirl) January 6, 2020
Other choice quotes that were too hot for NBC including Phoenix telling his fellow nominees “I’m inspired by you. I’m your fuckin’ student” and apologizing to Joker director Todd Phillips: “I’m such a pain in the ass. I cannot believe you put up with me.”
Phoenix ended his speech with a (profane) flourish.
“Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is fuckin’ rocked,” it began. After a mea culpa for past mistakes he didn’t bother to detail, Phonix called for the other rich and powerful people in the room to do something about climate change.
“It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take on that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and I hope that we can do that. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs,” Phoenix said as the seriously-stop-talking music began to swell around him. “Thank you so much for putting up with me, I’m so grateful.”
The only people more grateful than Phoenix? NBC executives who opted to air the show on a slight delay, which allowed them to keep their airwaves clean and the FCC off their backs.