Robert Downey, Jr., the voice of the sexually ambiguous Mr. Peanut and the sexually ambiguous Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the Dreamworks Film "Rocky And Bullwinkle's Ancillary Characters" is rip-snorting mad at Ricky Gervais's Golden Globes monologue, and he's speaking out.
"I said last night that the Golden Globes host's opening monologue was hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones," said Downey, Jr., with brown makeup smeared all over his face and hands. "So I thought that coming out here as my most racist, bigoted, effensive movie costume ever, just to highlight it."
Downey, Jr., who appeared in blackface in the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder, was the last white minstrel-show performer to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Downey, Jr. was most upset when Gervais introduced him on stage, rattling off a list of the actor's films before snipping, "But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."
"That is offensive and shocking," continued Downey, Jr., still wearing f--king Blackface. "I've worked very hard to forget that, in April 1996, I was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun, while speeding down Sunset Boulevard."
"I also think it's important that the public view Gervais' comments as horrible," continued Downey, Jr. "Not that, in 1997, I missed a court-ordered drug tests and spent four months in the Los Angeles County jail,or that I was sentenced to a three-year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California in 1998."
"Or, in 2000, when I was arrested for possession of cocaine and valium. I only got probation for that one," Downey, Jr. continued. "Yay, 'presumption of non-incarceration for non-violent repeat offenders'!"
"Indeed, it is not my July, 2001, plea of no contest to charges in Palm Springs that I was driving on a suspended license while high on cocaine that is offensive, it is Ricky Gervais making fun of the charges that is morally reprehensible," continued Downey, Jr.
"Make sure you are angry about him, and not my criminal history, or my 2008 minstrel show, because it's the practice of blackface itself, not my wacky, 'over-the-top' incarnation of it, that will always strike a nerve for some because it was so much a part of our nation's shameful history in the area of race relations," concluded Downey, Jr.
Downey, Jr.'s next, even more over-the-top blackface performance, will be in 2011's 'The Medgar Evars Story', in which he plays the titular character.