Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais Slams Critics Over 'Offensive' Tweets

Ricky Gervais has branded his critics "humourless" after he was blasted by officials at a Down Syndrome charity for persistently posting a derogatory word associated with the condition on his Twitter.com page.
The Office star regularly uses the word "mong" - a British term often used to refer to sufferers of Down Syndrome - in posts on his page of the microblogging site.
He was forced to defend his use of the term in a joke about Susan Boyle last year (10), but charity chiefs are annoyed about his continued use of the phrase.
Mencap's Mark Gale tells Britain's The Sun, "It's very disappointing. Such language can perpetuate discriminatory attitudes", and Frank Buckley, from Down Syndrome Education International, adds, "Most would consider it as offensive as comparable terms of abuse referring to racial background or sexual orientation."
Gervais is adamant he means no harm by using the word, insisting it has changed meaning to a more "urban" saying.
He explains, "I have never used the word Mongol. I have used 'mong', but never to mean Down Syndrome and never would.
"The meaning of words change over time - 'gay' for example. The modern use of the word 'mong' means dopey or ignorant - it's in slang and urban dictionaries."
And he returned to his Twitter.com page to blast his critics for their "ill-informed" comments and thank his fans for their support.
Gervais writes, "The humourless PC brigade have been out in force trying to influence the vote with ill informed negative comments... thanks for the support as others wilfully misunderstand to justify their point."
And when one follower asked Gervais how he will get out of "this hole", he replied, "What hole? it's only a hole if you let it be one."


Contactmusic

Tags: Ricky Gervais

Advertisement

More Ricky Gervais

Robin Williams And Ben Stiller Re-Unite For More Magical Mayhem In 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' [Trailer + Pictures]

Another treat is in store for movie fans this Christmas as the family favourite Night At The Museum returns for a third and final instalment....

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

Following on from the discovery that New York Natural History Museum's exhibits come to life after dark, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is faced...

Despite Emmy Snub, The Future is Bright for Netflix (Starting with Gervais Ad)

Netflix probably didn't have any deserved winners of major Emmy awards on Monday night (August 25, 2014). 'House of Cards' - which is fast becoming...

The David Brent Movie - Life on The Road - Is Set To Go Into Production in 2015

Ricky Gervais is taking his most famous comedy creation to the big screen. David Brent: The Movie, or Life on the Road as it’s actually...

Advertisement

Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' Divides Critics (Again) After Season 2 Premiere

Ricky Gervais reintroduced care worker Derek Noakes on Wednesday night (April 23) for a second season of his latest comedy. The show was heavily criticised...

Ricky Gervais Considering Uncharted Territory: A Third Series of 'Derek'

Ricky Gervais isn’t a third series kind of guy. ‘The Office’ wrapped up in two seasons followed by a 2-part Christmas special. ‘Extras’ was much...

Ricky Gervais On David Brent Comeback, And How 'Derek' Is Different

Ricky Gervais is not only currently gearing up for the return of his lovable retirement home worker in sitcom Derek, but is also looking forward...

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled out for this Comic Relief song. Now, Brent’s creator, Ricky Gervais,...

Advertisement

Comments

Ricky Gervais Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Ricky Gervais

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All