“‘Is there any subject you shouldn’t joke about?’ is no less ridiculous a question than ‘Is there any subject you shouldn’t talk about?'”
Ricky Gervais took to Twitter to defend a ‘dead baby’ joke he told at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall after a couple walked out of his comedy show.
Suzi Gourley and her husband, Ryan, were the couple that walked out of Ricky’s comedy show and they said they were on their first night out since their son was stillborn last summer.
“Some people might read this and think we’re over sensitive and maybe we are, but it’s just not funny.”
She also said she didn’t expect a joke about dead babies “in a million years” and that the joke should be removed from his comedy set.
“Bereaved parents are one in four. There’s no way I was the only one sitting there last night that that didn’t strike a nerve with.”
Ricky Gervais tweeted a series of tweets defending the joke.
"Is there any subject you shouldn't joke about?" is no less ridiculous a question than "Is there any subject you shouldn't talk about?"— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017
Offence often occurs when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target. They're not always the same.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017
Jokes about "bad things" don't have to necessarily be pro those bad things. Surely, a joke that's anti bad things is a good thing, no?— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017
Basically, offence is about feelings, and feelings are personal. People simply don't like being reminded of bad things.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017
I wish I had a pound for every time I offended someone. Wait, I do.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017
Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support Northern Island apparently posted a warning about Ricky’s show on their Facebook page after it was revealed a couple walked out of the show over the joke.
Do you think Ricky should remove the joke from his comedy set?