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Ordinarily, mums don't take too kindly to their children being called 'tubby little ginger c**ts'. But when the name caller is Ricky Gervais, and the name calling is part of a scene for a Netlfix comedy series, it seems things are a little different.
The trailer for Gervais' latest comedy series, After Life, was released last week. The show follows Tony, played by Gervais, whose life is turned on its head after his wife Lisa suddenly dies.
In a scene from the trailer, Tony can be seen strolling past a school playground when a red haired child can be heard shouting, 'paedo'.
Taken aback, Tony replies 'what?', and the child once again calls him a paedo. At this point, Tony leans towards the school gates and says: "I'm not a paedo, and if I was, you'd be safe you tubby little ginger c**t."
The scene was shared on Twitter and has since been viewed almost two million times, and while the majority of people seemed to find it pretty hilarious, there were plenty who questioned what sort of parent would put their child forward for such a gig.
One person commented: "This is so bad."
Another said: "What parents are willing to let @rickygervais call their kid 'a tubby little c***'. Money talks!"
But soon enough, none other than the mother of the child stepped forward to defend both her decision and Gervais' joke.
She said: "This is my son. He is not offended. He knows it's just acting and we are very proud of him. Thank you for his moment in the spotlight @rickygervais."
She even went on to invite The Office creator to call her son a c**t once more.
She said: "Fantastic experience he will remember forever. Would like to say he is proud to be part of this. Ricky is a fantastic human and would like the opportunity to be called a tubby ginger c**t again if there is ever a series 2."
Gervais seemed receptive to the idea, and replied: "I'm sure he can pop up again somewhere :)"
However, it's unclear whether Gervais will comply with the mother's request and call him a 'tubby little ginger c**t' again if he does make another appearance. Indeed, the 57-year-old seemed quite keen on him off camera.
Hi Debbie, it was such a great day and he's a lovely little chap in real life :)
- Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 23, 2019
So just in case you thought a tale based on calling a child a 'tubby little ginger c**t' couldn't be heartwarming, there you have it. Classic Gervais.
After Life will be available to stream on Netflix from 8 March.
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