Ricky Gervais Clears Up His Joke About Susan Boyle

Ricky Gervais

After receiving a complaint from Down's Syndrome Association, Ricky Gervais quickly explains the word 'mong' he used was not meant to be offensive in the context of the routine.

Ricky Gervais has moved swiftly to quash criticism of a controversial joke about Susan Boyle in his stand-up comedy show. "The Office" creator sparked fury after using the word "mong" - a British saying often used as a derogatory term for sufferers of Down's Syndrome - in a joke about Boyle.

Officials at the U.K.'s Down's Syndrome Association contacted the comedian after receiving a "report" about the show - and Gervais immediately wrote back to explain the word was not meant to be offensive in the context of the routine. And he's now taken to his official blog to show fans how the potential scandal was smoothed over as soon as he reached out to the association.

Gervais writes, "The DSA contacted my PR on the 6th of May explaining they had had a report about my routine about Susan Boyle and voiced their obvious concerns. I sent them an email (in which I wrote) 'I clearly explain that words change and that at no point am I referring to anyone with Down's Syndrome. Not only am I not referring to people with Down's Syndrome I also explain that I am not associating the word with its old derogatory meaning. I also do it as part of a routine about comedians taking responsibility for everything they say. I hope this is acceptable.'"

And Gervais' quick response was well received by the association's bosses - they wrote back: "Fully explained and acceptable reply. Please extend our thanks to Ricky for the prompt reply."

© AceShowbiz.com



    Aug 21, 2011

    To the author of this article, please be advised: People with Down Syndrome do not "suffer." They actually enjoy life more fully than most. Your perpetuation of this stereotype is just as damaging as anything Mr. Gervais said during a routine.

    Dec 20, 2010

    I'm also surprised the organization accepted the explanation. Sadly, my favorite comedian's rhetoric doesn't make a lot of sense, given that he actually goes on to talk about the doubt of people regarding whether Susan Boyle was actually a mong.

    Jun 05, 2010

    Everyone makes mistakes. I like Ricky, but I don't like him ragging on Susan and I don't know why he would say such a mean thing. I just love what has happened to Susan Boyle. I hope the money comes rolling in. I've bought her first and will buy her next CD coming out.

    sugar puddin
    May 26, 2010

    This didn't squash a da..ed thing. Give us a defination of mong in the context you meant it! This is just so much doubletalk and I am surprised the Organization in question accepted it, if they did. You are a sick puppy.

    dave d.
    May 26, 2010

    Totally agree, sugar puddin. His "explanation" and "reaching out" (gag) to the Downs Assoc. means zilch, and what kind of wimps are they to say...Ohhh...OK...oh, alright, then, peachy, if THAT'S what you meant. Duh.

    May 26, 2010

    Still Sad !! he was rude and out of order at the exspense of others by his remark .he knew what he was saying and what he meant by his reamrk and thought he would be funny ...sorry NO !! .SAD SICK Gervais

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