Crude comedian Ricky Gervais doubled down on a distasteful AIDS joke he made via Twitter Tuesday, after multiple outlets criticized him this week.
Gervais angered Twitter followers when he responded to a meme that said, “Things you can say both during sex and during a funeral”, with the answer “AIDS.”
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 20, 2017
Members of the gay community did not appreciate the quip.
The idea that you think AIDS is a death sentence is as dated as your comedy, Ricky. https://t.co/vpPfcL21cM
— Ryan John Butcher (@ryanjohnbutcher) June 20, 2017
But the controversial comedian wasn’t fazed, even when the National AIDS Trust went at him.
You mean, why aren’t jokes factually actuate? Because they’re jokes. I don’t hold the same world view as my jokes. Most people get that.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 21, 2017
Gervais responded like a man very used to defending his jokes, stating that, “offense is the collateral damage of free speech.”
Earlier this year, Gervais also made a controversial “dead babies” joke that did not go over too well.
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