Kumail Nanjiani hits out at Ricky Gervais for ‘normalizing harmful ideas’ with comedy

Showbiz Report

Hollywood star Kumail Nanjiani is taking a hit at Ricky Gervais and calling him out over his ‘offensive’ comedy.

The Oscar-nominated actor blasted Gervais, 59, who is known for calling out celebrities with an offensive twist to his comedic ways, saying he has been ‘normalizing harmful ideas’.

Speaking at the comedian round table with The Hollywood Reporter, Gervais confessed that he was taken aback to see that people believe “a joke is the window to a comedian’s true soul.”

“A big part of my comedy is saying things that I do not mean. I say the wrong thing because I know the audience knows the right thing and that’s why they laugh,” he went on to say.

“I’ll change the joke halfway through, I’ll pretend to be right wing, left wing, no wing, if it makes the joke funnier. People who think I’m going to change the world with a gag are really delusional,” he added.

Nanjiani asked Gervais how he feels when people assume the things he says on stage is how he actually thinks.

Gervais responded saying: “The fact is if I play to 15,000 people, there are going to be rapists, paedophiles, murderers… That someone might take you at face value doing an ironic joke or a satirical joke, well, yeah, some people try to inject themselves with bleach. There are stupid people in the world.”

Nanjiani went on to argue: “But if you’re making some sort of joke where obviously you don’t believe it, but the point of view of the joke is that it’s good that these people are marginalised, I do think that can normalise ideas that would otherwise societally be considered harmful.”