Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais Defends Sitcom Against Accusations Of Cruelty11 April 2012
Ricky Gervais Defends Sitcom Against Accusations Of Cruelty
"Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator, me" said Gervais. "If I say I don't mean him to be disabled then that's it. A fictional doctor can't come along and prove me wrong." He went on to stay "He's different. But then so are a lot of people. He's not the smartest tool in the box but he's cleverer than Father Dougal [from Father Ted], and not as different as Mr Bean." The disability rights campaigner Nicky Clark has criticised Gervais for the content of the show, and wrote an article in The Guardian, aimed at the comic, pleading with him "If you find abuse of disabled people sickening, then please don't use the terminology of bullies and thugs." After watching an episode of the show, though, she wrote on her website "I've laughed and cried. I haven't seen cruelty.""It's important to have compassion for the characters you are portraying because at some level comedy and drama relies on empathy," Gervais said, in his defence against the allegations made against him.
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