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Too Far? Ricky Gervais Makes Offensive Down Syndrome Joke On Twitter

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But we don't think he really meant it that way. Just goes to show you that words have power, for good and for evil.

In a recent tweet, Ricky Gervais angered a lot of people when he tried to start a recurring joke on his Twitter called "Mong of the Week…"

For those of you not familiar, the term "mong" is actually a rather hurtful term used in the past as a reference to people with Down's syndrome. Almost immediately after he posted the tweet was Ricky inundated with comments bashing him for using the phrase and he quickly went on the defense. He tweeted shortly after:

"Well done everyone who pointed out that Mong USED to be a derogatory term for DS Gay USED to mean happy. Words change. Get over it."

He has a point … but is it enough to justify it?

What do U think? Are some word just timelessly offensive and should be avoided or can they evolve?

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