Gervais admits he was ‘naive’ over offensive remarks
October 23, 2011 by staff
Gervais admits he was ‘naive’ over offensive remarks, Ricky Gervais has admitted he was “naive” to use a pejorative word associated with Down syndrome in his online blog after talking to a mother of two daughters with disabilities.
The creator of the Office advocates outraged earlier this week (beg17Oct11) by posting the word “mong” on his Web site Twitter.com, but refused to apologize.
He called his critics “humorless” and insisted that he used the word as a way to describe people with Down syndrome.
But after Nicola Clarke, mother of two daughters with disabilities, broke into the BBC Radio 2 while discussing how their children were called names in public regularly, Gervais contacted her via Twitter.com to apologize.
He then answered her questions the public on his website, and when asked if he understood why people bother term and how he felt now, he replied: “I do now. I never dreamed that the idiots still using the word aimed at people with Down Syndrome (sic). However it is difficult to believe.
“No (I feel) a mixture of confusion, anger, terror and disappointment. But above all naive. Meaning of the word, like …”
When asked about her opinion after discussing the matter, he replied: “I think if I had not spoken, would have thought you were a bully. The ‘Tweets’ seemed out of step with their work.”
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