I feel like we’ve talked about this before—his description of himself as a “fatty,” his standup routine where he mocks Dawn French’s weight, his self-loathing, and so much that I have tried to ignore because he is a comic genius.
Now, he’s defending some anti-WLS comments with more anti-fat comments. First, his comments about weight loss surgery:
“They have bits sliced off and tied up and sucked out. I want to say to them, ‘You lazy f—ing fat pig. Just go for a run and stop eating burgers. You might fucking die’. “Some things are not worth the risk… If your arse is too fucking fat, stop eating and go for a run.”
He’s defended himself with some follow-up comments on his blog (which are obviously intended to be funny, and NSFW if your W is very P about what you LA on the I):
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.
Fatshionista responds to the idea of equating fatness with gayness in a thought-provoking way. As for me, I thought I’d talked about this somewhere—of course now I can’t find it, so maybe it was in real life, with some actual flesh-and-blood people—but whenever I think of Ricky Gervais and fat, I think of David Brent, in this moment from the series finale of The Office:
Gervais’s comedy has routinely included fat people, mostly making fun of his own weight, in the characters of David Brent and the “little fat man” Andy Millman. In this scene, like many of the scenes from the UK Office, it is David Brent’s own fat-hatred, and the hypocricy of that hatred, that is played for laughs.
David Brent goes on another blind date in this episode, with another woman who he thinks is too overweight and unattractive for him, and on top of that, has no personality. (“I thought she’d be one of those jolly ones.”) Again, the emphasis is on David Brent’s inappropriate attitude towards fat people. On the other hand, in the commentary track, Gervais is laughing at Brent’s total delusion—he says something like, what is he expecting?
Gervais does seem to buy into the notion that fat is unattractive, even though he’s not buying into the idea of “Hollywood fat” (Dawn Tinsley, after all, his romantic heroine, is much larger than her American equivalent Pam Beesly). He seems to feel that at some point, fat becomes inappropriate, irresponsible, mockable, and easily reversible—even though, or perhaps because, he struggles with weight issues himself.
As you might have noticed, at some point this post just became a brain dump. I’m a big fat fan of Gervais, and I can’t bring myself to hate him, I just can’t. Maybe you can, though! Tell me what you think. Just don’t take away my Office DVDs.
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