Ricky Gervais On The Mong Thing Again

Ricky Gervais has made himself yet another enemy, and this is one you'd never suspect: singing sensation Susan Boyle. What happened to start this feud?

Susan BoyleRemember when all that controversy went down with Ricky Gervais calling people mongs, and how there was a big backlash because so many people found it to be an offensive slur toward people with Down's Syndrome, but he played it off that he was reclaiming it like the word gay?

He's at it again. He was back in October, at least, when he mocked singer Susan Boyle in a televised stand-up routine.

"I don't think she'd be where she is today if it wasn't for the fact that she looked like such a f*****g mong. There is no better word to describe Susan Boyle," Gervais said during the performance. "When she first came on the telly, I went, 'Is that a mong?'"

After several viewer complaints Great Britain's Channel 4, who carried the performance, determined that Gervais had not breached the guidelines of offensive content.

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Now, months later, Boyle -- a Britain's Got Talent winner who has three number one albums that have sold more than 17 million copies -- is speaking out against Gervais' slam about her looks, just in time to promote her new musical revue I Dreamed a Dream.

"I've had a lot of insults," she told The Sun. "Do you know what I do? I ignore them. I just get on with my life. Those who have something to say usually have nothing to do."

"I can take whatever Ricky says, because I'll tell you something -- he's the one with the problem, not me.

"Ricky's a talented man but he's wasted himself with those comments. I think people who liked him are not so keen now."

Gervais addressed the renewed controversy on Twitter.

"Isn't it funny that none of the reports on the Susan Boyle gag mention that within the actual routine I say I don't mean Down's Syndrome," he wrote.

"...And that the routine is about reverse image exploitation and the changing meaning of words. Have they watched the actual routine? No."

Tell us: Should Ricky Gervais use the word mong in any context?

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Comments on "Ricky Gervais rumbles with Susan Boyle"

ckp March 06, 2012 | 10:48 PM

Some terms never change in meaning. Bully is one of them. Ricky Gervais is a bully. He and others like him point out the hypocrisy of our society's anti-bully messages. We demand that children stop bullying in their schools and social situations, yet we make people like Gervais wealthy. I wonder if Heather Claire Smith would tell her child to "grow a backbone and a sense of humor" if someone at school called him/her a mong. Susan Boyle was right to point out that Gervais has the problem. She handled the insult with class and dignity. That, and her remarkable talent makes her beautiful in my book.

Heather claire smith March 06, 2012 | 7:29 PM

I love ricky gervais and boyle ! But why can't ricky just say he's sorry and why can't boyle grow a backbone and a sense of humor and realize it was a joke . And he was just being funny that's his job , he's a comedian ! For ----- sake . I mean he was not using the word to mean down. Syndrome .

Kathy March 06, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Whatever he meant when using the term, it was verbal abuse, plain and simple. If the man had any talent he wouldn't need to resort to such abuse. Of course, his die hard fans who, like him, are at the bottom of the food chain, will find that amusing, that is, of course, until they or a family member are at the other end of the abuse.

mk57 March 05, 2012 | 9:07 PM

Mong is a derogatory term which, like Spaz, if taken LITERALLY refer to Mongol and Spastic respectively.....but their usage has altered on the Playgrounds and Playing fields to become general words for somebody considered an idiot, a fool, somebody thought of as less than oneself...still offensive, but if Ricky deals in shock humour to gain laugh then that's for him and his conscience alone to deal with...his fans will laugh like naughty children at the shocking terms used whilst his dissenters will have a field day.

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