Susan Boyle hits back at Ricky Gervais
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:23a.m.
Susan Boyle says Ricky Gervais “wastes” his comedy talent by mocking others.
The British funny man has developed a reputation for targeting stars with cruel jibes. He famously insulted a host of famous faces while hosting the Golden Globes and branded Susan a “mong” - a highly offensive slang term for someone with Down’s syndrome – last year.
The Scottish-born singer has now hit back at Ricky, insisting she has learned to ignore taunts.
"I can take whatever Ricky says, because I'll tell you something — he's the one with the problem, not me,” she told British newspaper The Sun. "Ricky's a talented man but he's wasted himself with those comments. I think people who liked him are not so keen now.
"I've had a lot of insults. Do you know what I do? I ignore them. I just get on with my life. Those who have something to say usually have nothing to do."
Susan was deprived of oxygen at birth and was bullied during her schooldays and nicknamed ‘Simple Susan’.
However, the 50-year-old singer has gone on to enjoy worldwide success after appearing on television show Britain’s Got Talent.
She has sold more than 17 million copies of her three albums and will be the guest star for a new UK touring musical about her life, ‘I Dreamed A Dream’.
Susan admits she will struggle to hold back her emotions when she watches the theatre production on stage when it opens later this month. There is one particular scene which always reduces her to tears.
“Why do I cry at that? Because that's the reality,” she said of the scene where her parents discover their baby has been deprived of oxygen. "That's when the doctor tells my parents, 'Don't expect too much.' He prejudged me. All the doctor told my mum was what I wouldn't be able to do, not what I could do. But my dad said, 'All that child needs is love — and we've got plenty of that.' It makes me cry just thinking about it, never mind seeing it on stage every night.
“‘I Dreamed A Dream’ is a very romanticised view. It's more like I dared to dream — that's what it feels like to me. Because everyone dreams of changing their circumstances, though not in the way I did. I couldn't have imagined taking off the way I did."
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11/05/2012 2:52:20 p.m.
bill reddick wrote:
Blimey, just read the moderation guide, now i have to think very carefully how i phrase the following. Ricky old chap, you're just not as funny as you think you are laddie...oops can i say laddie? We all love a bit of sarcasm, a bit of satire, a bit of self deprecating humour.You are pretty good at that sort of thing, but of course it's all been done before and better. You would probably say it's your job as a comic to push the boundaries! It is, but to the extent that you are virtually inviting the people you desparage to sort you out? As Michael Richards found, you cannot make your way through life on the back of a 20 year old sit com. People forget how well written, and funny it was and now see both of you on a self loathing path of utter destruction. I have no link with SuBo, i'm not a fan of her music, but at least as a Brit i have some sense of decorum. Yes you may well think, with all your money, influence, contacts etc, that you are infallable, many others that fell by the wayside thought the same way, others that didn't want to be asociated with someone whose claim to fame was a stupid grin, unfunny jokes, hairline receding, tubby, nasty little man! I DO hope someone shows him this! Not nice is it Wickaaay? My advice to you is to go and pay for someone to write you another The Office or summat, because i'll tell you this for nothing this is going, eventually to come back and bite you, if not in the bum, then in your wallet area at some point, and you would deserve the Karma chief!
7/03/2012 6:08:52 p.m.
@Andrew Harris, perhaps Gervais HAD talent at one point, he doesn't anymore if he has to resort to ridiculing someone, especially someone who through no fault of her own has a disability, I'm sorry, that's not talent, that's verbal abuse. It wouldn't be tolerated on the streets or in the schools, but it's allowed on TV. Sad, very sad.
He's lost a lot of respect, but he made the choice and did it to himself.
6/03/2012 10:38:59 p.m.
Gervais is just a famous bully, I don;t even think he is funny, just insulting. You go Susan. It is good to see you standing up for yourself.
6/03/2012 6:52:48 p.m.
Andrew Harris....you appear to have some knowledge yourself, of the comedian. His name is actually Gervais. Egg on your face???
6/03/2012 5:15:18 p.m.
Andrew Harris wrote:
@BrightonBelle so you condone the omissions of an individual through insulting another? Enlighten me how would you know the net worth of Ricky Jervais and that of Susan Boyle? I agree Mr Jervais joke was in bad taste and in response Susan's retort is admirable. However, you cannot assert Mr Jervais lacks talent his success speaks volumes. Are we to believe you have never made a comment in error as you certainly bit off more than you could chew in your post.
6/03/2012 3:47:20 p.m.
Brighton Belle wrote:
Susan outshines Ricky in every sense, talent, success and cash in the bank - I don't think he has an inch to move on his behaviour - he should apoloigse to her immediately - but then again he is such a prat he probably did not even notice that he had been offensive.
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