They assume it’s a bald-faced lie.
Comedian Ricky Gervais sparked ire among the many alopecia group after mocking individuals who allegedly labeled Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss a “disability” within the wake of Chris Rock’s controversial Oscar gag. He uploaded a clip of his reaction to Twitter on April 3, however reposted it to TikTok Tuesday, where it boasts 7.5 million views.
“That was like the tamest joke I would’ve ever told,” the UK comedian, 60, scoffed on digital camera relating to Rock’s joke.
Gervais, for one, thought they had been overreacting, claiming incredulously, “someone said it was joking about her disability.”
“Well I’m going a bit thin, I’m disabled,” “The Office” mastermind mocked whereas pointing at his head. “I can park right up next to Tesco’s now [disabled parking].”
“I’m fat, that’s a disease. I’m fat and balding,” he snarked earlier than collapsing into laughter. The feedback got here a number of days after Bill Maher joked on his present Jada Pinkett Smith ought to “thank God” that alopecia is the worst she’s coping with.
The “After Life” creator was defending Rock’s controversial joke on the Oscars, during which the comic, 47, cracked a “bald” joke about Jada, who’s been open about her ongoing battle with alopecia. In response, Smith, 53, who received the Best Actor Oscar for his work in “King Richard” later that night, strolled onto the stage and slapped the comedian throughout the face — earlier than taking a seat and warning Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
The comedian’s barb additionally touched off a firestorm of criticism amongst social media customers, who accused Rock of joking on the expense of somebody’s medical situation.
Elsewhere within the video, Gervais chastised Smith for responding to jokes with violence, saying: “You don’t hit someone over a joke, however bad it is – and it wasn’t bad.”
Needless to say, many critics thought that the funnyman’s alopecia argument had some bald spots.
“I agree Will shouldn’t have slapped Chris but you need to understand how emotionally important a woman’s hair is; it is devastating to lose it,” claimed one TikTok follower.
Another wrote, “I have alopecia and it is not a disability, at the same time it shouldn’t really be joked about because you never know how it will impact the person.”
“I don’t know if alopecia is or isn’t disabling for a person that has it,” wrote one critic on Twitter. “I just know that Ricky Gervais doesn’t get to make that decision.”
However, others defended the comedian’s assertion with one fan writing, “I have alopecia & if someone said it was a disability to me that would offend me more than a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.”
“I will never not love Ricky he says what we all are thinking,” stated one other.
One Twitter defender even reposted a clip from the comedian’s appearance on “The View,” during which he utters the immortal line: “Just because you’re offended, doesn’t mean you’re right.”
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, “Alopecia areata is not medically disabling; persons with alopecia areata are usually in excellent health. But emotionally, this disease can be challenging, especially for those with extensive hair loss.”
This isn’t the primary time Gervais has weighed in on Chris Rock’s Oscar gag. In a comedy set earlier this month, the Brit-wit claimed that if he had hosted the 2022 Oscars, he would’ve focused Jada’s “open relationship” and never her alopecia.
“I would not have made a joke about his wife’s hair,” the comedian quip. “I would have made a joke about her boyfriend.”
The comic was possible referring to 50-year-old Jada’s “entanglement” with a lot youthful R&B singer August Alsina, 29, who claimed he had had an intense affair with the actress. After years of rumors flying round about what had really gone down, Will admitted final September that he and his spouse had been in an open relationship.
This got here per week after Gervais, in response to a well-liked fan request, supplied a preview of his would-be Oscars speech on Twitter.
“I’d start with ‘Hello. I hope this show helps cheer up the ordinary people watching at home,’” sniped the standup, who’s MCed the Golden Globes 5 occasions however by no means the Academy Awards. “If you’re unemployed for example, take some comfort in the fact that even if you had a job, your salary probably wouldn’t be as much as the goody bag all the actors have just been given.”