Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ricky Gervais

Once again the world and its’ tabloids have turned against comedian Ricky Gervais for his supposedly offensive humour. This time for using the word ‘mong’ a derogatory word for Down Syndrome people. However Ricky repeated time and time again that the word does not mean that anymore and he is not using that word to use those people. In which case, it is those who are making that connection who are becoming the offensive ones, not Gervais.

Many people say Ricky Gervais has always been offensive, however this is far from the truth. Those who have actually spent time to listen to Ricky’s jokes in context (rather than the snippets in the press) will understand that his jokes are aimed to make fun of the morons that are bigoted. He tells the joke because we are like-minded and not agreeing with the statement. Those who actually listen to the joke in context and still think he’s offensive are just ignorant and quite honestly, unintelligent if they can’t understand the joke. They don’t have to like the joke, but to say he is an offensive man is ludicrous.

Ricky has said time and time again that he does not mean to offend. My favourite quote of his is ‘’You have the right to be offended, and I have to the right to offend you. Being offended does not make you right’’. He’s right; it doesn’t make them right. There are people who are offended by homophobia and black people, are they right?

Like I’ve said over and over again with other ‘’offensive’’ television or comedians, if you don’t like it, turn it off. He’s not thrusting his humour in your face. He’s on the television or on twitter. Don’t follow him or switch the television off. I could understand if he turned up at your house and shouted ‘’MONG’’ at you or even began screaming it a Downs Syndrome child in the street. But he hasn’t, and he never will.

Ricky Gervais is a highly intelligent, artistic and articulate man who is incredibly liberal. Whether you disagree with that is your right, but to call him offensive is just far from the truth.

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