“I heard someone on the radio once say that they were tired of the prejudice aimed at the overweight, Ricky Gervais has recently said/written. “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.’

“But it’s not the same thing, 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.”

  • byanyother

    “ween themselves onto cock.” He’s funny. But he’s a self-hating fat person because he was once a rail-thin ’80s pop star.

  • Not quite fair.

    It is substantially harder to lose pounds than it is to put them on.

    Which is as it should be, evolutionarily. The original idea being you never know when you’ll get food, so you hold on to what you’ve eaten as long as possible.

  • George Prager

    So everyone is born with the skinny gene, but some people choose to eat more than others. And everyone is born with parents who give them the right foods, make them get exercise, etc. News to me.

  • thatmovieguy

    Ricky Gervais may be a bit chubby, but he’s certainly not grossly overweight — or at least he wasn’t when he was promoting GHOST TOWN in Toronto. But he makes an excellent point. I work with a homophobic African-American who thinks she has transcended her prejudices because she attends one of those churches that preaches you should “love the sinner and hate the sin.” But I wonder if she might have a problem with a Klan member if he told her that he thought she was a really great person, although he hated the color of her skin and the legacy of her people.

  • LeroyBrown

    I don’t know, I don’t think it’s just a matter of how much you eat…I’m a skinny person, and I don’t think I could become fat even if I ate like Morgan Spurlock in “Super Size Me.” Some people are genetically predisposed to put on fat more easily.

  • plastiqueelephant

    It’s the self-hating which is the ugliest part. Well, the second ugliest after the fatness.

  • Quincyspeak

    jeff, you are such a fucking parasite it’s unreal.

  • byanyother

    “Some people are genetically predisposed to put on fat more easily.” Actually that is true; those who put weight on more easily were more apt to survive longer during seasons of starvation, which is a problem now. If evolution were allowed to take its natural course, the obese people would die out and the skinny people would live longer because food is in abundance. Once food became scarce, those who could retain fat would survive.

    It’s not unlike, say, the pigment in our skin. Those with paler skin in very hot climates die out, darker skin survives, etc.

    All we have to do is figure out how to help those people who are genetically predisposed to putting on and storing large amounts of energy, which tacks itself on as fat.

    It really shouldn’t be so personal.

  • byanyother

    And p.s. the people who use it as a way to see others as weaker than themselves are simply putting off looking at themselves in the mirror. Sure, they might have the thin thing down but where else are they feeling the disadvantages of nature’s wrath? Balding? Grey hair? Wrinkles? Sagging ass? Tits? You know, I always laugh when I see people getting all weirded out about fat when they are no prize package themselves.

  • DarienStyles

    I don’t care if it is a choice or not, prejudice against anyone who’s different is wrong. Being fat or gay is something that doesn’t affect others, so why do people complain about it ? Because they are insecure by nature and see others who don’t fit their restricted view of life as threatening.

  • Teacher’s Pets

    Or, we, could loosen the sticks in our anal cavities and say it’s OK to make fun of anybody, as long as you don’t append these jokes with, “…and that’s why we put them in concentration camps!”

  • plastiqueelephant

    Not weaker as much as lazy and undisciplined. And their parties are usually heaps less fun.

  • BurmaShave

    “Little fat man who sold his soul,

    Little fat man who sold his dream…

    Pathetic little fat man,

    No one’s bloody laughing,

    The clown that no one laugh’s at,

    They all just wish he’d die.

    He’s so depressed at being hated,

    Fatso takes his own life,

    He blows his stupid brains out,

    But the twat would probably miss.

    He sold his soul for a shot at fame,

    Catchphrase and wig and the jokes are lame,

    He’s got no style, he’s got no grace,

    He’s banal and facile, he’s a fat waste of space

    See his pug-nosed face…Pug, pug, pug, pug,

    See his pug-nosed face…Pug, pug, pug, pug,

    See his pug-nosed face…Pug, pug, pug, pug,

    The little fat man with the pug-nosed face, Pug, pug, pug, pug,

    Little fat man, pug-nosed face, Pug, pug, pug, pug,

    He’s a little fat pug-nosed face, Pug, pug, pug, pug.”

  • Phatang!

    The vast majority of fat people were heavy as kids too. It’s also a sign (and cause) of depression. And poor people are much more likely to be obese (for numerous reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with laziness). It’s not funny, it’s depressing.

    I hate when people make comparisons “It’s the same ass” but I also hate when people make dumb distinctions “It isn’t, because…” The point is it’s a depressing subject and his jokes on the subject aren’t insightful. Sort of like George Carlin’s jokes about anorexia (“Rich bitch doesn’t want to eat. Fuck her.”)

    I don’t care if it’s offensive — I care that when I hear it I don’t feel like laughing. Gervais is way better than that, as, of course, was Carlin.

  • Deathtongue_Groupie

    …first season was so much better, Burma.

  • televisiontears

    I don’t get why Jeff takes every opportunity to profess his undying hate for fat people. I do stay in shape and am always aware of what I put in my body, so it frustrates me when I see morbidly obese people who would rather push themselves around in a motorized scooter than stop cramming Cheetos down their throat, but for the love of Christ. Does it really affect him that much? This is America. Let ’em eat themselves into an early grave if they want. Let them eat cake.

    To paraphrase Louis C.K., is Jeff just walking around, saying “People are fat… dammit…”? Why does he care so much?

  • LYT

    Not quite fair.

    It is substantially harder to lose pounds than it is to put them on.

    Which is as it should be, evolutionarily. The original idea being you never know when you’ll get food, so you hold on to what you’ve eaten as long as possible.

  • CitizenKanedforChewingGum

    Kind of a nihilistic ‘tude there, TT…by that rational, should we really care if everyone else just up and kill themselves?

    Sadly, most wouldn’t. I’m including myself in the “most,” too.

    I’ll give Jeff credit here for giving a shit. Or at least appearing to.

  • AH

    Yes, there are exceptions but in general RG is correct. Making fun of gay people is one of the last accepted forms of prejudice.

  • Abbey Normal

    Well yeah, there are fat people who ate themselves that way. But there are also fat folks born that way, and who–short of starving themselves their entire lives–will never lose the weight because of metabolism issues, etc. And then there are people who suffer from disorders and various psychological maladies, equating food with validation. So Gervais’ justifications are total crap.

    On the other hand, it’s fun to mock people; fat, skinny, gay, straight, whatever. No matter who you are or how much you weigh, you’re going to get grief over something. People are infinitely creative.

    So have some backbone and defend yourself. If you have it together and have a sense of humor about yourself it doesn’t matter how fat you are. You can withstand it; maybe even dish it out.

  • D.Z.

    Well, no one puts a gun to vapid models’ heads and forces them to puke or starve, either. But I don’t see those skeletons being held to the same scrutiny as fat people.

  • moveable hype

    What Ricky and Jeff are trying to say is: fat folks would be thinner and happier if they’d just suck more cock.

    Now if we could just get Dr Oz to say so on the Oprah show, the world would be a better place.

  • YRG

    I wrote a comment about the genetics angle, but it really boils down to how lately I’ve come to realize I don’t like jokes that criticize any group. I’d rather laugh at the absurd, for example, anything by Zach Galifianakis or Mike O’connell.

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