Ricky Gervais thinks anyone throwing milkshakes at politicians 'deserves smack'
Milkshaking has become an unlikely verb after the milky treats were chucked over Nigel Farage, Carl Benjamin and Tommy Robinson.
The politicians from various Brexit-supporting parties, plus far-right activist Robinson, have found themselves being attacked by milkshakes while all the MEP campaign trails, and some have found the act rather amusing.
However, Ricky Gervais isn’t seeing the funny side.
The After Life star has said that although he is a Remainer, he thinks anyone throwing milkshakes at Brexiteers ‘deserves a smack in the mouth’.
The 57-year-old tweeted: ‘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.’
After people were done pointing out that the UK will stay in Europe whether they leave the European Union are not (geography innit), Ricky’s stance split opinion.
One follower replied: ‘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?’ – with Ricky writing: ‘You’d have to ask him.’
The comedian added: ‘I’m not sure someone finding something entertaining always justifies it.’
And to a follower who wrote: ‘Aren’t you the guy who champions being offensive in your comedy? Is it because this crosses the line from rhetoric into action? What about slapstick and physical comedy? A pie in the face is a comedy staple. Is it the non willing participant? Just curious,’ Ricky replied: ‘You’re confusing an entertainer willingly getting a pie in the face with someone unwillingly getting a pie in the face. Easy mistake.’
Gervais voted Remain in the Brexit referendum, and endorsed Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 general election.
Whether you agree with Ricky’s stance on chucking milkshakes or not, it’s becoming quite the trend – so much so that the Brexit Party’s Farage was stuck on his campaign bus after being surrounded by men armed with milkshakes.
The man who threw the salted caramel and banana milkshake from Five Guys over Farage in Newcastle, Paul Crowther, has been charged with common assault and criminal damage for the incident.
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