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Ricky Gervais sparks fury with insensitive joke about ill children: Backlash erupts



Heartfelt video to heartless joke – comedian faces outcry from grieving parents

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In a jaw-dropping turn of events, comedian Ricky Gervais is under fire for a controversial joke targeting terminally ill children in his latest Netflix stand-up special, ‘Armageddon.’

Ricky Gervais, known for his sharp wit, finds himself at the center of a storm after making insensitive remarks about children battling serious illnesses. The 62-year-old comedian joked about calling them “baldies” and poked fun at videos made for dying children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, asking, “Why didn’t you wish to get better?”

Louise Fox, a grieving mother who lost her 13-year-old son George to a glioblastoma brain tumor, expressed her outrage, labeling Gervais’ joke as “disgusting.” Despite receiving a heartfelt video message from the comedian for her late son, Louise voiced her dismay, stating, “Now it feels so tainted.”

Gervais’ controversial material has prompted a strong reaction, with Louise Fox advocating for a boycott of the Netflix special, originally planned to be watched in honor of her late son on Christmas Day. A second parent, Sess Cova, has launched a petition to remove the “disrespectful and offensive” gag from the streaming platform.

Louise Fox, who appreciated Gervais’ past gesture, now insists that the comedian should donate to children’s cancer charities to make amends for the upset caused by his recent remarks. As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how Gervais and Netflix will respond to the mounting criticism.

Stay tuned for updates on this shocking turn of events as the public demands accountability from one of Britain’s beloved comedians.


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