Gervais Infuriates Down Syndrome Groups

Old slur 'doesn't mean what it used to,' he says
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2011 1:36 AM CDT
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 02: Comedian Rick Gervais attends Comedy Central's Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education at the Beacon Theatre on October 2, 2010 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Ricky Gervais has done it again. The boundary-busting, always irreverent funnyman has been accused of using a slur associated with people with Down syndrome on Twitter (here, here, and here)—and making goofy faces to go with the tweets. He was instantly called out on it, reports ABC News, but Gervais insisted the word he used no longer refers to someone with Down syndrome, but rather refers to "a div, a dozy spud-headed twonk," adding: "I would NEVER use it to mean Down syndrome.” Gay "used to mean happy. Words change. Get over it," he snapped. But he added that "the police" have "come round and confiscated all my awards." The tweet was illustrated with another goofy face.

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