Conservatives are upset that Christian Bale thanked Satan in Golden Globes speech

While I haven’t yet seen it, the new movie Vice is definitely on the short list of films that I *must* see. The bioflick stars Christian Bale portraying former vice president Dick Cheney and his rise as the most powerful (and evil) vice president in United States history.

The film itself was written and directed by Adam McKay. If you don’t know who he is, you absolutely know of his work. Alongside Will Ferrell (who is one of my favorite comedians of all time), he co-wrote Talladega Nights, The Other Guys, and of course Anchorman. McKay has done short films for Saturday Night Live, was a producer of the hilarious Between Two Ferns (with Zach Galifianakis), and was an executive producer on Drunk History.

Oh yeah, he’s also the founder of Funny or Die.

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Last night at the Golden Globes, Christian Bale won “best actor” for his role in Vice. During his speech, Bale said that McKay had to “find somebody can be absolutely charisma-free, and reviled by everybody,” in reference to finding someone to play the role of Dick Cheney.

But beyond stating objective facts, Bale also thanked someone very special who motivated him for the role: Satan.

Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role.

It’s funny, especially since we often hear people thank god for winning awards or sportsball games (opposed to admitting that they themselves are extremely talented and deserving, of course).

I’m not sure how much of a joke it actually was, given the things Cheney did while in office, but many conservatives certainly weren’t amused by it.

Oh, okay.

Of course Fox News is upset.

Seems like an ad hominem fallacy to me.

There’s also some level of irony that a man whose first name is Christian played such an evil role and thanked Satan for it.

Most found it just as amusing as I did, though.

The Church of Satan responded on Twitter by saying:

To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!

But even the man downstairs – Satan himself – even weighed in on the speech:

You’re welcome Christian Bale!

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