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Ricky Gervais Upsets Down Syndrome Groups With 'Mongs' Slur

Ricky Gervais is hearing it from Down Syndrome advocacy groups for using a slur directed at people with the condition.

This after Gervais used word 'mong' to describe people he thinks are stupid in his Twitter postings.

The word, which is considered offensive, was in use in Britain until a few years ago. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary defines 'mongol' as "A person with Down's syndrome. Now generally regarded as offensive."

"Two mongs don't make a right," read one message from the comedian. He's also used it as a greeting to his followers with "Good monging everyone" and "Night night monglets."

But Gervais says he didn't mean it in an offensive manner. And he doesn't think means what it once did.

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

"I have used the word mong but I have never used that word to mean Down's syndrome and never would."

"The police just came round and confiscated all my awards," he jokes.

October 20, 2011 |

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