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The Ricky Gervais School of Comedy: No to Gay Jokes, Yes to Fat Jokes

It’s not okay to make fun of gay people, because they were born that way, but it is okay to make fun of fat people, because by continuing to overeat, they choose to stay that way.

Responding to criticism over his audio book The Ricky Gervais Guide To Medicine, where the comedian called people who get liposuction and gastric band operations “lazy fucking fat pigs,” Gervais blogs his defense:

I heard someone on the radio once say that they were tired of the prejudice aimed at the overweight. They said something like “you’re not allowed to make fun of gay people, so why are you allowed to make fun of fat people? It’s the same thing.”

It’s not the same thing though, is it? Gay people are born that way. They didn’t work at becoming gay. Fat people became fat because they would rather be that way than stop eating so much. They had to eat and eat to get fat. Then, when they were fat they had to keep up the eating to stay fat. For gayness to be the same as fatness, gay people would have to start off straight but then ween themselves onto cock. Soon they’re noshing all day getting gayer and gayer. They’ve had more than enough cock… they’re full… they’re just sucking for the sake of it. Now they’re overgay, and frowned upon by people who can have the occasional cock but not over indulge.

When a doctor tells me that that’s how you become gay, I’ll stop making jokes about fat people.

On:           Jan 5, 2009
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    • Strepsi


      Sorry Ricky, but that IS how you become gay. Myself, I’m trying to be a little less gay now that the holidays are over, so i’ve cut back to just one or two cocks a day.

      Jan 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan down in Florida

      As a fat gay man I laughed out loud at Ricky’s remark. He’s a satirist and a comedian. Is there anybody out there that’s so stupid they didn’t recognize his remarks as sarcasm?

      Besides as a first class, sexy chub Ricky Gervais is mocking himself – the #1 rule for acceptability in category comedy. I guarantee you that had be been gay he would be telling gay jokes about himself.

      Jan 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tallskin



      DO IT NOW

      Jan 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tallskin



      DO IT NOW

      Jan 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      feaking hysterical. He’s right, I speak from fat experience.

      Jan 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seitan-on-a-stick

      Ricky Gervais and Eddie Izzard are two British comedians in a class by themselves for intelligence, originality and sensitivity to insensitive notions. I usually cringe at the American comedians who usually are funny when struggling and then bore us when rich by talking about their normal family experiences as if they are funny. When was the last time Chris Rock was funny?

      Jan 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin

      Comedy is the art of making fun of someone or something and have them laugh with you. Political correctness has no place in art.

      In this regard, Sarah Silverman is one funny Heeb.

      Jan 5, 2009 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted

      Ricky’s the funniest fat guy I know. Wish he was gay!

      Jan 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • grizzlyfish

      haha, looks like he pissed off the world’s fattest cat, and now he wants her back!


      Jan 6, 2009 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • qwerty




      DO IT NOW


      Jan 11, 2009 at 12:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James Shepherd

      What happened to freedom of speech?! Ricky can say what he wants. Not to mention the fact that Ricky was saying it tongue-in-cheek as he is a short, fat, pug nosed loser.
      I think this whole thing exists because so many people don’t get irony!!!
      Long live Ricky Gervais.

      Jan 11, 2009 at 5:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Craig

      We in the western world–particularly Americans–are suffering from an EPIDEMIC of obesity. Go to any middle-class American restaurant or grocery store, or, god help us, Wal-Mart, and you will see dozens of people shuffling along who are so insanely obese that, fifty years ago, they would have been ashamed to be seen outside.

      And this entire epidemic is self-caused. The reason people are so much fatter now than they were fifty years ago is that they have no self-control. If you take Ricky’s comments seriously, then he’s exactly right–it’s DISGUSTING that while much of the rest of the world is dying from famine and tainted water and AIDS, we Americans are eating ourselves to death. We should be ashamed.

      But let’s get a little perspective: this is a comedian who made a joke on a (hilarious) satiric audiobook. He’s poking fun at a problem that he himself has, and acknowledges that he has. People need to get over themselves with their oversensitive, PC crap, and realize that living in a free society you will sometimes hear things that offend your delicate ears.

      Jan 11, 2009 at 9:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam Whyte

      Stories like this are self-perpetuation; the uproar arises out of the coverage, not the event. After such trivial subjects as tone and context are ignored, anything can be made to sound like anything. Few people hearing or reading his comments on fat people in context would be offended; and Gervais was including himself in that group.

      Jan 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pirmin

      Actually, Ricky Gervais does make fun of gay people, and he should. There isn’t a subject one should avoid in his line of work. The people who are in an uproar about this are the same people blocking up the que at mc donald’s or anywhere else for that matter, either that or shameless sensationalist “journalists” who go for the swift kick in the nether regions at the first sign of hollywood stardom.
      Did I mention they have no sense of humour?

      All of this is besides the point, the man is just right, and that is what hurts the most, doesn’t it fatty?

      Jan 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • F1R

      Yeah and it doesnt help when you simply see the portions of food that Americans are served in restaurants and fast food joints.
      A small Coke in America is the equivalent of a large one in UK.

      Mountains of food per serving and then people wonder why obesity is such an issue in America. Cut down the servings people !
      Oh and another thing where food is concerned… way too much choice.

      Jan 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kim

      Is this what you consider an article? Two sentences and a quote? Nevertheless, who cares. Ricky says a lot of things, just because one writer, specializing in things celebrities do (so you know he’ll bring a lot of insight) had a deadline. He needed something to interest the mindless readers of celebrity gossip and apparently listened to ‘one’ audiobook and assumed he understood Ricky Gervais’ sense of humor. Brilliant.

      Jan 12, 2009 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • karl dilkington

      stop moaning and go for a fucking run

      Jan 15, 2009 at 8:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lisbeth79

      “All of this is besides the point, the man is just right, and that is what hurts the most, doesn’t it fatty?”


      Jan 19, 2009 at 9:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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