“So… its OK to like Ricky Gervais again now?”
“No, he was bad about that thing, and arrogant”
“but you laughed at his dwarf?”
“I was being post ironic”
Does everyone want to be famous? – and if you say you don’t but like to “hang out” with famous people, are you being a hypocrite?
It could be that I know a few famous people, but I don’t think of them in that way, I see them as just talented relatives or friends, with an annoying side effect from doing something so well it has caught the public eye.
The point is this word ‘mong’ and the aversion that Ricky Gervais claimed he could win back through long time non abusive usage…
I cannot make my mind up if I support his stance but find him intensely annoying for feeling he was so goddam right, – or don’t support his stance because calling someone a mong really is offensive and one should never use the word – ever!
I have noticed that celebrities have a code, never to use the word ‘nigger’ – you noticed that too?
Why is that?
I mean if you are just discussing it as a term surely you don’t have to say “The N-word”? – it makes you sound like Mother Theresa talking about her “front bottom”.
Lenny Bruce famously took on this taboo way back when I was a small child – wishing that JFK would go on TV and say he’d like to introduce us all to the niggers in his administration…wanting to disable the word, so no little black kid would come home crying because someone had called him a nigger in the school yard…
I think Lenny would be amazed at how both language and celebrity have moved on since 1963. Sure he liked fame, but he liked to challenge the status quo no matter at what cost to himself.
What I dislike about Ricky Gervais whole outlook now is that it feels as if he wants to listen to the voices of celebrity friends, acquire more of them, and disregard all those living down below in the real world who challenge that particular status quo.
Richard Herring was one of the fellow “celebs” (except he’s not really a celeb, just a struggling fellow comedian) who actually threatened his status quo of “everything I say and do is fine because I say so, and my fans and friends laugh with me” – he said some eloquent things about disability being a serious issue that you can best learn about by being in direct contact.
The price of fame however, is to fall into being a persona and believing it.
If you get truly famous Richard, (ma nigger), you will also have lost touch, – a small bet.