My thoughts on the controversy surrounding Ricky Gervais this week

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The biggest controversy in my world right now is Ricky Gervais’ joke about dead babies at his last stand up show in Belfast. He’s currently on his “Humanity Tour” and some of the proceeds are going to charity.

The story is that a grieving couple, who experienced giving birth to a stillborn baby, attended the show on Tuesday night. They were offended by the joke about dead babies and they’re trying to get word out to force him to stop telling it for the remainder of his world tour.

Some are calling the joke sick, tasteless, and even twisted, especially the tabloids. Gervais isn’t revealing what the joke is but this whole ‘issue’ is probably even funnier than the joke.

Have these people ever seen Gervais perform? He’s known for being daring.

Well unsurprisingly, they haven’t. They told the UK Sun that, “We went and hoped to have a bit of a laugh. It was our first night out together – I’d heard of this comedian but I’d never seen him.”

No one who’s easily offended should go see Gervais. They shouldn’t blame him for hurting their feelings. It’s his show and he should be able to say whatever he wants.

I think the solution to this is to remember that it’s only a comedy show, and leave if you happen to be offended. Don’t keep thinking about it for days.

Just leave. Don’t ruin the experience for the whole world. Don’t cry like a baby to us either.

There was no need to complain to all the papers in the UK and make a big deal out of nothing. I feel so bad for Gervais right now. I’m just glad that he’s not apologizing for it. This is why he’s one of my favourite comedians. He doesn’t care who he offends and still believes in saving comedy from becoming politically correct. I love how he’s staying true to himself and not caving in.

I think what we can take from this incident is that people need to learn how to laugh again. Why are people only being offended by jokes now?

It’s like we live in a new culture, where everyone is offended by everything.

In my opinion, the more controversial, dark, and crude the joke is, the funnier it is. I love not expecting what’s coming next. I love being ‘shocked’ by comedians. That’s the whole fun of standup comedy.

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Let’s face it, not everyone can be as PG as Michael McIntyre. We need comedians like, Jimmy Carr, Chris Lilley, and Noel Fielding to excite us.

George Carlin would be disappointed in everyone today if he were alive to see what was happening. He would definitely stand up for Gervais.

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The truth is, comedy is dying as a result of political correctness. Even, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock are refusing to perform at universities because, they don’t want to be criticized by students for being offensive.

If people are truly offended by Gervais’ jokes, they live in a bubble. There are worse things going on in the world than anything that he has to say.

All things considered, I can’t wait to hear all of Gervais’ ‘insensitive’ jokes in July when he comes to Toronto!

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Why Feud is the best show on TV right now

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I just stayed up all night binge-watching the first five episodes of Ryan Murphy’s new FX drama/comedy show, Feud.

Words can’t describe how amazing this show is. But, I’ll try my best.

Now, I don’t normally enjoy TV these days but I just had to check out this show when I found out about it a few days ago. It takes place in the 1960s and revolves around the ‘feud’ between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, during the filming of the 1962 classic, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

A few hours ago, I didn’t think it was actually going to be good. I mean, Ryan Murphy is the person behind Glee, a show that I used to despise. However, I think he should be praised for Feud.

I’ve never had such a good time watching a show. As a film-lover, I can really appreciate how hard Murphy and the rest of the crew worked on this.

In the show, Crawford, played by Jessica Lange and Davis, played by Susan Sarandon, film some of the scenes from the movie. The funny thing is, I saw What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? recently and their reproduction of some of the scenes are dead-on.

Murphy must have had to watch the movie a hundred times to get these scenes right. I am appreciative of this.

Also, Sarandon looks exactly like Davis. The resemblance is uncanny. What a great choice for the role. She’s even able to make her voice sound exactly like Davis’. Especially, when she sings, “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy.”

I was on the floor when she sang this. I couldn’t believe how great her impression was.

I also like how they explain the whole back story behind the film. Even though, I’m aware that some of it is made up for the show. For instance, I don’ think that Crawford actually put extra weights on her so that Davis would have a harder time dragging her in one scene of the film.

However, I thought this was hysterical and that’s all that matters to me.

I honestly thought that Feud was going to be really boring like some of Murphy’s other shows and I rolled my eyes when I saw that he made a show about old Hollywood.

I think I was just worried that he would get it wrong. Although, this is certainly not the case.

I have no doubt that Sarandon will be nominated for an Emmy as she truly brings one of my favourite actresses back to life.

I can’t wait for the next episode to see how the rest of the story develops.

Most of all, I’m eager to see how Crawford reacts when she finds out that Davis was nominated for an Oscar and she wasn’t.

This kind of drama is what really excites me.

Political Correctness will only hurt Comedy

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I watched tonight’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher and couldn’t help to think why aren’t all comedies as politically incorrect as this. Also, why is HBO the only network that has the guts to run politically incorrect shows?

When HBO is considered daring for showing this kind of content, you know there’s a problem.

All things considered, do you really want to live in a world where comedy is afraid to be funny?

Well, this is what would happen if comedians, television shows, and writers were forced to conform to only using language that won’t offend anyone.

This is already coming into effect all over the world, especially in America. Whenever someone tries to be funny by using politically incorrect words, some groups of people are offended. No one knows how to laugh anymore.

Then, people are forced to apologize for what they said. Everything is taken seriously and all laughter is policed.

If I want to laugh at jokes that sound discriminatory, I don’t want to have to feel bad about it. I want people to be more open to a variety of comedy styles.

Political correctness will ruin dark comedy, mockumentaries, standup, and satire forever. If people continue in this direction, where all language is restricted, comedy will decline.

There will no longer be shows like, Summer Heights High, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or even Family Guy.

For godsake, Chris Lilley is even being accused of being racist for using blackface. If you’re offended by him pretending to be different characters, you need to change your priorities in life.

If people are offended by political incorrectness, they live in a bubble. There are worse things in the world than comedians being insensensitive. People need to learn how to laugh again.

The bottom line is that political correctness needs to come to a halt to save comedy from becoming as boring as Modern Family.

Just forget how ‘offensive’ some comedians are and laugh if you find them funny.

And don’t get me started on why the Office UK is funnier than the U.S. version.