Russell Brand is not happy that the tabloids are not happy with him.
During a recent stand up comedy gig in London he joked about the upcoming Summer Olympic games that the city is set to host, saying:
"I don't give a f–k about the Olympics. It's boring Blue Peter sport and a waste of taxpayers' money. At least the Paralympics have some kind of novelty value or something."
Obviously, nobody likes to be the brunt of a joke, so a few Paralympians spoke up.
The Daily Mail reported 21-year-old Natasha Baker called Brand's comments "patronizing and upsetting", while two-time gold medalist, David Weir, suggested, "Brand obviously hasn't met any Paralympians."
Russell, on the other hand, thinks the Daily Mail and U.K. tabloid The People took his comment way to seriously.
In response, he has posted a pic of himself and another Paralympian while holding the tabloids in question, tweeting:
"Congratulations Chris and Aussie WC rugby team. Daily Mail/People stop being silly."
The reality of the situation is that sometimes words hurt. Comedy walks a thin line between offensive and funny.
While we're sure Russell was only looking for a laugh, he shouldn't be surprised that people in the group he was poking fun of didn't think the joke was worth laughing at. He's not the first comedian to offend a particular group of people with insensitive material and he won't be the last.
Do U agree with Russell that the tabloids are making a big deal over nothing or was his insensitivity toward the disabled community worth writing about?
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