|Lesbianism is always offensive!|
Boo-fucking-hoo. Gervais is a comedian doing what comedians do. Comedy is sometimes brutal. If you want safe comedy, hire Larry the Cable Guy.
|He's just like you!|
|He's a drunk who hates women and Jews, but you loved him in "Attack Force Z."|
Nobody has the right not to be offended. They do have the right to speak out against what offends them, though they often risk looking like a fool (such as with the Gervais controversy -- where those celebrities as offended by Gibson's tirades?). They also have the right to ignore that which offends them. To believe that you will make it through life without being offended ... well, that's like believing in the Tooth Fairy when you're 25. You'd have to be a drooling idiot.
|Pills. Pints. Porn stars. Punchline.|
Words never gave anyone cancer. They never blew the legs off a young soldier stepping out of a Humvee. They never caused a worldwide economic meltdown. They never let the healthcare industry get out of control. Do people get offended about these things, though? Hell no! They continue to fight against environmental regulations. They support war. They still invest in Wall Street. They urge their representatives to end healthcare reform (which really wasn't much reform in the first place). But throw a few jokes in their face and suddenly they are indignant.
|This guy should offend you, but you don't know who he is or why.|
|This man offended you.|
I do want to thank you, too. As someone whose writing has offended everyone from teachers to screenwriters to Keanu Reeves fans, I want to take this moment to let you know I appreciate the business. You not only make it easy, you make it fun. What kind of crazy shit is going to set you off next?