Ricky Gervais defends his stance on fat people

LONDON–If you don’t know who Ricky Gervais is, this is probably the first time you’ve visited Banned In Hollywood. If you do know who he...


LONDON–If you don’t know who Ricky Gervais is, this is probably the first time you’ve visited Banned In Hollywood. If you do know who he is, then you know that challenging his humor and his logic is a futile task.

Telegraph.co.uk did just that.

In his new audiobook appropriately titled The Ricky Gervais Guide To Medicine–the 47 year old comedian calls morbidly obese people who turn to surgery instead of a proper diet, “lazy fucking fat pigs.”

“I really don’t know why a doctor under a hippocratic oath takes the risk of something going badly wrong, sometimes with general anaesthetic, because someone can’t be bothered to go for a fucking run.”

“They have bits sliced off and tied up and sucked out. I want to say to them, ‘You lazy fucking fat pig. Just go for a run and stop eating burgers. You might fucking die’.

“Some things are not worth the risk. When someone’s facial surgery goes wrong because they wanted plumper lips or a little nose, I think they’re a fucking idiot.”

“If your arse is too fucking fat, stop eating and go for a run.”

In response to the heat he received for the previous, Gervais writes the most funny thing I’m sure I’ll read all year–a response to those who object:

I heard someone on the radio once say that they were tired of the prejudice aimed at the overweight. They said something like “you’re not allowed to make fun of gay people, so why are you allowed to make fun of fat people? It’s the same thing.”

It’s not the same thing though, is it? Gay people are born that way. They didn’t work at becoming gay. Fat people became fat because they would rather be that way than stop eating so much. They had to eat and eat to get fat. Then, when they were fat they had to keep up the eating to stay fat. For gayness to be the same as fatness, gay people would have to start off straight but then ween themselves onto cock. Soon they’re noshing all day getting gayer and gayer. They’ve had more than enough cock… they’re full… they’re just sucking for the sake of it. Now they’re overgay, and frowned upon by people who can have the occasional cock but not over indulge.

When a doctor tells me that that’s how you become gay, I’ll stop making jokes about fat people.

Make sure to check out Rickey’s website for more irreverent genius.

  • Behemothxp

    Hahaha as a slightly overweight person I have to agree, it’s not the same and I frown upon surgery myself.
    However, as it is wrong to take a crass stance FOR fat people and saying it’s inherited blablabla yadda yadda, it is as wrong to be completly against them and hating like Gervais does.
    I, for one, became overweigh because my family was poor, we moved to my moms job into a forest somewhere in germany. I couldn’t keep friends cause I could never visit them and the only thing I had was the internet and unhealthy but cheap food. Of COURSE I know those are all excuses and I could go out now (I’m a student now living in a big town where healthy food could be avaible) for a run, but I am still social inept and also it is very very hard to get over the first few pounds until you feel something finally going better than before (in my case it was the 5 stories up to my math 1 lab ;) )

    So yeah, giving excuses is just stupid and everyone could overcome overweigh with a very very good motivation and much willpower, more of both than most people have (those who were ever a drug addict will know how hard it is to get over something that you don’t exactly need but which still gives you a kick) also being socially shunned for being fat doesn’t HELP getting thin, it is really anti-productive.

    In conclusion, haters like… err that dude above which name I forgot, are not only part of the reason why people stay fat, they are also perform the highest act of hyppocracy when they, for example, are smokers, for putting away that little glowing stick is really way easier than enduring a harsh training with 100 extra pounds on your body ;)
    On the other hand we/them fat people are at fault too, for if you are really over the first ~10 pounds you could go all the way much easier, still hard, but easier, and maybe they could live a bit longer and be socially more accepted.

  • Behemothxp

    Hahaha as a slightly overweight person I have to agree, it’s not the same and I frown upon surgery myself.
    However, as it is wrong to take a crass stance FOR fat people and saying it’s inherited blablabla yadda yadda, it is as wrong to be completly against them and hating like Gervais does.
    I, for one, became overweigh because my family was poor, we moved to my moms job into a forest somewhere in germany. I couldn’t keep friends cause I could never visit them and the only thing I had was the internet and unhealthy but cheap food. Of COURSE I know those are all excuses and I could go out now (I’m a student now living in a big town where healthy food could be avaible) for a run, but I am still social inept and also it is very very hard to get over the first few pounds until you feel something finally going better than before (in my case it was the 5 stories up to my math 1 lab ;) )

    So yeah, giving excuses is just stupid and everyone could overcome overweigh with a very very good motivation and much willpower, more of both than most people have (those who were ever a drug addict will know how hard it is to get over something that you don’t exactly need but which still gives you a kick) also being socially shunned for being fat doesn’t HELP getting thin, it is really anti-productive.

    In conclusion, haters like… err that dude above which name I forgot, are not only part of the reason why people stay fat, they are also perform the highest act of hyppocracy when they, for example, are smokers, for putting away that little glowing stick is really way easier than enduring a harsh training with 100 extra pounds on your body ;)
    On the other hand we/them fat people are at fault too, for if you are really over the first ~10 pounds you could go all the way much easier, still hard, but easier, and maybe they could live a bit longer and be socially more accepted.

  • Dave

    The important thing to remember here is that Ricky Gervais is about as funny as leprosy. When he was at that award ceremony and had to ad lib for 5 minutes he couldn't think of anything and just ended up doing an embarrassing version of his David Brent dance. The Office was good because of Stephen Merchant. Actually, it wasn't even that good.

  • Dave

    The important thing to remember here is that Ricky Gervais is about as funny as leprosy. When he was at that award ceremony and had to ad lib for 5 minutes he couldn't think of anything and just ended up doing an embarrassing version of his David Brent dance. The Office was good because of Stephen Merchant. Actually, it wasn't even that good.

  • Ted

    The gay analogy is a red herring. Try comparing fat people with the anorexic and see how funny his fat routine is. That is, overeating and obesity stem from — like any addictive behaviour — deep-rooted psychological problems which can be classified as diseases.

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  • NoOne

    For many people I agree with Gervais. Seeing some fat ass chugging down a super massive soda, then chowing down on a few burgers from who cares fast food. Ya… those people have a problem.

    Unfortunately, there are some out there that really can’t help but be fat regardless of what they do. I know 2 people who shop at healthy places. Follow a strict weekly diet. Hit the gym 2-3 times a week for 2-3 hours. Go out for a jog/walk 4 mornings a week. They have been doing this for 3 years, and in that entire time they have lost 15 pounds. Still weighing in at around 250. Now that isn’t heavy obese, but that is still over weight enough that they don’t look just chubby, but fat.

    To all those people who are breaking 300 lbs. Ya… there is no excuse. It’s not in your genes, it doesn’t run in the family. It’s you, making a choice to eat fatty foods, or not exercise. If you have a very slow metabolism like many over weight people do. Just eating healthy with no exercise, it won’t help. Same the other way around.

    I hate the people who use their over weight body as an excuse to claim disability. All because obesity has been labeled as a disease. I also hate the people who labeled it as a disease. I want to see the culprit of this disease. Show me some microscopic organism that enters someones body, and makes them become over weight. Only THEN will I accept it as a disease.

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