I’m sure most of you have been chuckling away at the numerous milkshake attacks that have been made against Brexit Party campaigners over the past couple of weeks, a trend that was kicked off when former EDL leader Tommy Robinson was milkshaked earlier this month.
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Of course, Ricky Gervais had something to say about it – although you might be surprised by his reaction.
Clearly he just doesn’t see the funny side, as the comedian said that while he’s a Remainer, he reckons anyone throwing milkshakes at Brexiteers “deserves a smack in the mouth”.
In a recent tweet, Gervais wrote:
I voted remain. I would still like to stay in Europe. I will argue with people who disagree me, always respecting their right to do so.
What I won’t do is throw things at them. That would mean I had run out of good arguments. It would also mean I deserve a smack in the mouth.
I mean, yeah I see his point – you should never resort to violence etc. However, this whole milkshake thing doesn’t seem to be a case of Remainers running out of arguments. Instead it’s more of a viral trend, one that was kickstarted because people found it funny to see a straight-up facist doused in a pink, sticky McDonald’s drink.
But if we’re going to be sensible and adult about the whole thing, then yeah, fair point Gervais.
One follower replied to the tweet with the following:
But the habit of chucking perishables at figures in public life in order to humiliate and embarrass goes back to Roman times.
Rotten fruit at bad actors, eggs at politicians etc. What’s key for me is intent. Did the bloke who lobbed a milkshake underarm mean Farage any harm?
To which Gervais replied:
You’d have to ask him.
I’m not sure someone finding something entertaining always justifies it.
Erm, that’s a bit rich coming from the comedian who literally has built the latter-half of his career on that exact argument. A joke’s a joke and all that. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Or, in this case, milkshakes.
For more on the milkshake saga, click HERE.