WHAT: In the tweet, he recalled at time when "assimilating things from other cultures was the opposite of racist" -- apparently suggesting such acts are now considered racist.
I remember when adopting, sharing and assimilating things from other cultures was the opposite of racist.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 13, 2018
WHY: The post, which got more than 54,000 likes and 12,000 retweets, kicked off a lively debate about the issue, which has lately made headlines, including over criticism of "The Simpsons" character Apu and a high school girl who
Gervais, a sometimes politically incorrect comedian and actor, responded to a commenter who wrote, "says the white man," by claiming to "identify as black."
I identify as black.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 13, 2018
He agreed with those who argued for distinguishing between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation and with someone who said concerns about cultural appropriation were an example of "the left turning on themselves."
"I've noticed the new breed it [sic] really aggressive, intolerant and authoritarian," Gervais
I know. I'm an old fashioned lefty liberal snowflake but I've noticed the new breed it really aggressive, intolerant authoritarian. It's like the far left and right have gone full circle and overlapped.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 13, 2018