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Ofcom Clears Ricky Gervais over “Mong” Controversy
Ofcom has cleared Ricky Gervais’ use of the word “mong” in his stand up show “Science” last year.
Complaints were made to Ofcom after Gervais used the word to describe Susan Boyle’s appearance citing she ‘wouldn’t be where she was today if it wasn’t for the fact that she looked like such a fucking mong’ .
Channel 4 have argued that the use of the word was justified in the late night context and explained that the joke was not “directed at Susan Boyle as having a disability but at those who refuse to acknowledge that meanings of words can adapt over time”.
Judge for yourself. Were Ofcom right to clear Ricky? What the clip here and let us know your thoughts…