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Gervais was speaking from America ahead of the broadcast of Derek, a one off television show broadcast last night on Channel 4. The programme has been strongly criticised as mocking people with learning difficulties, with a small number of journalists calling it offensive.
His tirade came in an interview with Richard Bacon on Radio 5 Live yesterday afternoon, during a programme broadcast from Aintree. Gervais said that a group of critics regularly slated his work, often without even seeing it before they committed their views to paper or a blog. He said, “Everything I do, every single week has been the end of my career if you believe six or seven journalists. These people have got to write a blog or an article every day, they have to write about something and now and again when I do something, that gives them something to write about. It’s just noise. It’s just graffiti. Most people make their own minds up, which is good. I’m offended my many things. It’s nothing to do with right or wrong, it’s just my personal opinion.”
When Bacon asked him for an example of what offended him, Gervais launched his attack on racing, getting pretty worked up in doing so. “Well, you’re at Aintree. I don’t think that people should make horses jump over things, being whipped and when they injure themselves they are put down because they are not worth having around because of economic reasons. Basically a beautiful majestic beast that took 2 billion years to evolve has just been slaughtered for fun. But I don’t go to Aintree, that’s how I do it.”
Well, that’s fine Ricky, don’t go. But isn’t such a rant a case of pots and kettles? You’re showing yourself in just the same light as those people who have got you worked up by criticising your work.