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Ricky Gervais: Tornado victims need money, not prayers

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Gervais supports Red Cross

Derek star Ricky Gervais is over stars that talk the talk but don't walk the walk when disaster strikes their fans.

Gervais supports Red Cross

When celebrities reacted to the Oklahoma tornado, we saw and heard a lot of prayers being sent — but not a whole lot of action other than that. One star is taking great exception to this practice.

Ricky Gervais is stirring up controversy once again by gently slamming stars who seem to do little but offer platitudes when disaster strikes their fans.

"Beyonce, Rihanna & Katy Perry send prayers to #Oklahoma #PrayForOklahoma," he wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. "I feel like an idiot now. I only sent money."

"Praying for something but not doing anything to make it happen has the same effect as writing to Santa & not letting mummy read the letter."

Hoping to start a movement larger than #PrayersForOklahoma, Gervais then tweeted, "You can support #Moore response by txting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or online at #ActuallyDoSomethingForOklahoma"

Gervais, a vocal atheist, no doubt took umbrage with the spiritual context of the messages but was frustrated with the lack of real action as well — and his fans made sure that changed by heeding his call and coughing up some cash.

"I got a lovely message from The Red Cross today thanking me and all my 'lovely twonks for their overwhelming generosity,'" he later wrote. "Haha. Well done."

To be fair, no one knows how much money any celeb may have actually donated to any cause as those financial details are often kept confidential. But a valid point has been raised: Do celebrities have a responsibility to push their fans towards tangible action?

This isn't the first Twitter tornado trouble — Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead came under fire for an ill-timed political joke meant to poke fun at conservatives that many found offensive.

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