Ricky Gervais, Ricky Gervais, Ricky Gervais

He’s just presented the Golden Globes. That is big in America. The Daily Mail websote is big in America. Ricky Gervais is a celebrity. The Daily Mail must therefore take advantage of the Google searches and the interest in Ricky Gervais by writing as many things as possible about Ricky Gervais until the excitement dies down. So not only did they write several articles on his performance at the awards, but they also follow this up with the usual ‘story’ based on nothing more that a photo, posted on Twitter no less: ‘Something to show off Ricky? Gervais reveals trim new physique in ridiculous gold pants’.

The most disturbing thing about this article is the language used by the writer – Sarah Fitzmaurice – to describe the fact that Ricky Gervais has lost a few pounds. Compare and contrast the images:

It is pretty clear that he was never exactly obese and has simply lost a bit of weight and toned up. Sarah Fitzmaurice – obviously having a Daily Mail understanding of what unacceptably fat is – sees things differently and describes Ricky Gervais as being:

quite literally a shadow of his former self after losing an astounding amount of weight

‘Astounding’, ‘literally a shadow of his former self’? The Daily Mail’s attitude to weight is about as healthy as their approach to depression:

Depression: get over it

Come on you depressed clowns, get a grip.

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