Comedian Ricky Gervais has been slammed after making jokes about terminally ill children.
The 62-year-old took to Instagram and shared a teaser from his show on Netflix, titled Armageddon, where he made jokes about the ‘Make A Wish’ foundation.
In the video that left viewers furious, he can be heard joking: “I’ve been doing a lot of video messages recently for terminally ill children. Only if they request it, obviously. I don’t burst into hospitals and go, ‘Wake up baldy.’”
The comedian went on: “I did a lot through the pandemic, presumably because they couldn’t even see their own families. It was through Make a Wish Foundation. They’re great. And they give these dying kids their one wish.”
Gervais also said that whenever a kid requests videos from him, he “always starts (it) the same way.”
“If it’s me, I always say yes. And I always start the video the same way. I go: ‘Why don’t you wish to get better?’” he continued.
His video received backlash, with many viewers slamming Gervais for his insensitive comments.
One person commented: “I wonder if you think this would feel right saying to their parent in the hospital as their kids are fighting for their lives. I was one of them.”
Another wrote: “This is extremely disheartening. How could you joke about dying children. One of those ‘baldies’ was my baby. Suffered & died before the age of six. And some how you find it comical. You are what’s wrong with this world.
“Taking something so tragic & then try to make ‘light’ of it & then have to justify how ‘it’s only an act’. You’re the joke of this whole thing. A true piece of work.”
A third said: “How this is even allowed to be posted is disgusting.”
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