Ricky Gervais has a message for rich celebrities crying about self-isolation
By now, if you don’t know that Ricky Gervais has a bit of a knack for telling celebrities that they don’t live in the real world, you really need to come out from under the rock you’re hiding beneath. Deadset, it’s not just his gimmick, it’s pretty much his modus operandi. And, now, with celebrities having a sook, having a whinge, having a f**ken cry about it, he’s back in form, pointing out exactly why they need to shut up…
Anyway, we know that Gervais isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea, and he can be seen to be a bit smug and a bit hypocritical from time to time.
Despite that perception, the man’s pretty f**ken good at pointing out the foibles of the rich and famous. Also, just as an aside, he f**ken gives it to trophy hunters and that’s always a plus.
So, right after Sam Smith had a cry in a video about how bloody hard self-isolation is in a 23.5 million dollary-doo house, Gervais had a pop in an interview with The Sun.
“After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters. These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly. But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.”
Gervais famously comes from a working-class family, and despite his own success, he’s never forgotten that some people are real f**ken battlers.
“I was born in the beginning of the 60s in Battle Hospital in Reading. And that should have been an omen. Having gone by the title, I should have known life was going to be a struggle. And it was — I was the fourth child of an immigrant labourer. My dad worked on building sites all his life, until he was 70. He got up every day at 5.30am.”
Most of his praise, though, was for his Mum.
“Men worked hard, but women worked miracles. Because when my dad finished his work that was his own time. But my mum didn’t stop working, women didn’t stop working. Carers didn’t stop working, all the women in my family were carers in some respect.
I had no money growing up, I didn’t have any until I was 40. But I still had everything. My mum, she gardened, she grew, she cooked, she sewed, she knitted, she decorated, she did everything she could. And she gave me everything I wanted except money.
I also realised growing up that all the best things were free — friends, nature, learning and healthcare. And that’s why I gladly pay my taxes. And that’s why I clap for the National Health Service (NHS).”
To be honest, we have to agree.
Final thought: Yeah, nah, we make Gervais right this time. If you’ve got a swish bloody house, don’t complain about having to stay there. Some people don’t even have a pov house to call home. Have some perspective and be grateful for what you have.
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