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BBC star stands by ‘sarcastic’ standing ovation for Ricky Gervais


Lolly Adefope.

Lolly Adefope has defended her sarcastic response to Ricky Gervais winning an award (Picture: PA)

Lolly Adefope has said she ‘doesn’t regret’ her sarcastic response to Ricky Gervais beating her show when picking up an award.

Last year comedian and creator of the Netflix series After Life Ricky won the best scripted comedy at the National Comedy Awards.

Although he wasn’t there to receive it, the camera then panned to Ghosts star Lolly, who looked distinctly unimpressed.

After the event she re-shared one of his tweets in which he asked the public to vote for him, writing: ‘omg congratulations ricky gervais!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

Lolly, who played the ghost of a Georgian noblewoman Kitty in the BBC series, has now spoken about her response and the reactions it sparked.

After some considered what she did as being a sign of ‘outrage’ over the loss, she shut the idea down.

The actress and comedian starred in the BBC series Ghosts (Picture: Mark Johnson)

omg congratulations ricky gervais!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/xhxlafjyO3

— lolly (@lollyadefope) February 17, 2023

‘It’s always like I’m “raging” at something, like I’m lecturing someone, like I’m really angry, rather than just being silly,’ she said.

‘I don’t regret making the joke. I’m not saying it’s easier for me, but I don’t have the same fear that a white person might have, which definitely holds people back from saying things.

‘What is that fear? There’s the fear of humiliation, or cancellation or being seen as wrong or prejudiced. Maybe this is too hopeful, but I feel like we’re kind of past that fear of cancellation now?’

Ricky won a National Comedy Award for his show After Life (Picture: Netflix/Everett/REX/Shutterstock)

She added when speaking to The Guardian: ‘We’re more willing to let people try. I don’t think the internet is the place to try to resolve things, but I’d prefer to say that I tried?’

Since posting her tweet in February 2023, Lolly’s comment has been seen over 820,000 times.

In recent years Gervais has been slammed for jokes poking fun at the transgender community, as well as terminally ill children, which have been filmed for stand-up specials then released by Netflix.

The Netflix series came to an end after three seasons (Picture: PA)

Lolly said she would have previously considered how to get specials in which celebrity comedians punch down on minorities removed.

However, she said that she now recognised there was ‘always going to be’ an audience for that sort of comedy and now she wanted to counteract it by being more ‘productive to make more good stuff, encourage more people to write their own stories, so that those aren’t the archetypes of standup’.

Late last year Gervais thanked critics of his Netflix special Armageddon despite it sparking controversy before its release for the use of ableist slurs.

Patting himself on the back on X, he wrote: ‘F***ing Hell. I think Armageddon is going to be huge. Thanks to everyone who loved it and raved about it, and of course, everyone who hated it and whined about it. You …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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