So, Ricky Gervais returns to Twitter by mocking people with disabilities. This time it’s not “retard”, but “mong”.
For those who don’t know, “mong” has for decades been considered a shortened form of “Mongoloid”, which is what people with Down’s Syndrome used to be called. It’s an insulting, bullying term, along the same lines as “retard”.
But Ricky Gervais insists that he didn’t mean to be insulting to people with Down’s Syndrome when he used “mong” in a series of jokes on Twitter recently, among them “Good monging” , “Night night, monglets” and “Two mongs don’t make a right”. Like other comedians who defend their use of “retard”, he claims that he was using “mong” to insult “dopey or ignorant” people.
The twitter pics of him in self-described “monged-up” poses with captions such as “My favourite drink is toilet” obviously weren’t meant to mock people with Down’s Syndrome either. *laying on the sarcasm very thickly*. I find it difficult to understand why he’s surprised that advocacy groups are upset.
I’m going to link back to the very first post I wrote about this sort of this…about “political correctness” and “words just being words”…and reiterate that I’ll never call for any word to be banned.
But I do wish that people (this means you, Ricky Gervais) would be more responsible with what they put out there.
By the way, Ricky Gervais…
I know this means nothing to you…but I stopped watching “30 Rock” after Tracey Morgan’s last stunt like this. And I was getting bored with “The Office” anyway, so I really won’t find it difficult to cut it out of my Thursday night viewing. *shrugs*
Here’s another commentary on Ricky’s jokes, and his refusal to apologize, which I particularly like.