Nope. Nothing pretentious here.
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Pretentious, contrived and transparent. He’s trying waaaaayyyy too hard to stay relevant and sell tickets. Must feel like shit to be upstaged by “head like a fucking orange” Pilkington!!
The only pretentious thing here is Fish’s attitude. Don’t you basically try to offend people for a living? And now this is too much for you? HAHA! Hypocrisy! I love it!
Not quite. His job to to entertain first, then provoke thought. And that’s exactly what he’s doing now. Well done, I say.
I am disgusted. When it comes to muslims, Brits say nothing, they are multicultirastic . Truth is they are just such pussies they wouldn’t go against towelheads.
I don’t know why anybody would make fun of Jesus and his suffering. It’s just not even original anymore.
First, it’s probably the most iconic pose in the western hemisphere, so the most easily mocked. The mocking’s a reaction to the guilt complex Christianity tries to use to make you toe the party line of: “Jesus died for your sins! How dare you repudiate him?” Often the response is, “No, thanks. Didn’t ask him to die for me, would never ask that of anyone.”
Granted, it’s offensive to those who do appreciate the “sacrifice” but consider: if you do believe, then Jesus already forgave the people who mocked him, so how can you justify getting bent out of shape? If you don’t believe in him in the first place, then you don’t believe he suffered, so you’re making fun of….what?
I just don’t think that anyone’s suffering should be subject to joke.
Even when you go to an Indian restaurant and have diahrrea afterwards, it’s subject to compassion.
I don’t think that Christianity is trying to create a quilt complex by saying he died for our sins, it’s ridiculous assumption! I just don’t see logic in it.
When someone tries to do something good for you, just because, doesn’t necessarily mean they have an agenda.
Sure. When he was up there on the cross he was thinking ” how can I make them all feel guilty?”
BACK OFF JESUS ALREADY!
Dude, you completely missed the point.
Doc, you did miss the point, by several million miles. If you don’t think that Christ had “an agenda” and that the main tenet of Christianity is NOT Christ dying for our sins, because it’s a “ridiculous assumption” since there’s “no logic” in it, then you have no idea what the religion is supposed to be about. If you don’t belive in it for those reasons, fine, but don’t redefine it according to what you think it should be and then get all pissy because no one can understand what the hell you’re talking about. Check out 1st Corinthians 15:3,4 and get a clue to the basics, fast, because your idea seems to be beamed to you direct from Planet Weebo.
No one’s explicit in saying Christ deliberately sent out a guilt trip, although the whole concept of martyrdom IS to make the people who are killing you ashamed, sorry and immediate converts to your religion so you didn’t die horribly for no reason – so yeah, guilt works to keep people in line. However, you can also attribute that trip to his followers and the organization(s) that sprung up downstream of the event.
My point is that it’s hard for atheists to show compassion for an event they believe never took place, and all the more so due to people who are constantly telling them they have to live according to the teachings of said imaginary man.
Wow, you’ll just keep hearing what you want to keep hearing. As if only allow 100% dark to exist but when it comes to 100% light – no it just can’t be. And you just immerse in it and see conspiracy everywhere and like all world is against you. What a nice purpose to live.
Nobody imposes your or his living based on “teaching of said imaginary man”. I don’t see that anyone is standing behind you with a baseball bat breaking your arms, with a gun pointing on you telling you you must believe in Jesus. The only thing that is imaginary is your own martyrdom
But why can’t you live your life and have your own original thoughts then, it is necessary be based on opposition to a non existing man.
When you walk through the garden, better watch your back, bitches!
Again, you keep missing the point, and I don’t think at this point you even have one, all I see is a rant about how no one is forcing me to believe anything (uh, “better watch your back bitches” sure sounds threatening to me…) and I’m just martyring myself. Huh? Far from it. If you can’t argue a disparity in a belief system rationally and dispassionately, that’s fine.
You claimed Christianity doesn’t say Christ died for our sins, but whether you like it or not, that’s the basic tenet of the religion. If you’re going to get bent out of shape about it, at least realize what it is you’re losing your shit over, because what you’re defending so vehemently makes no sense – you’ve obviously got some sort of ersatz cult if your own going on there, but it’ll be hard to sustain if you claim that a major part of the Scripture just doesn’t exist.
And btw, if you don’t have dark, then you can’t have a concept of what light is.
Oh man, I didn’t say I don’t think Jesus died for our sins. I was saying that was did not with intention to make someone feel guilty that’s all!!!!
And it wasn’t a threat from me, it was a reference to a song: When You Walk Through The Garden. Better watch your back.
Because you should.
correct me if I’m wrong (I haven’t read much of the bible), but I think atheists, along with all kinds of other people, are slated to burn in hell according to Christian beliefs. eternal damnation is not particularly respectful treatment and probably involves a lot of suffering (like, forever). so I don’t think it’s fair to get all bent out of shape if the condemned make fun of Jesus or even harbor a bit of animosity towards Jesus’s followers. really, I think that if I have a certain set of deeply held beliefs and you come up and tell me that I consequently should and will suffer NEVER ENDING, unthinkable pain, the appropriate response is, to borrow the Angry Korean Woman’s line, “Well, FUCK YOOOOUUUU!”
It’s a funny photo.
BTW – Good “Photoshop” on Ricky’s beer belly (You can’t be hitting the pubs like him and NOT have one).
..too bad they missed photoshopping the “spanx” band above his jeans
okay, ricky gervais, we get it: you’re an athiest. you don’t have to keep bringing it up every ten goddamn minutes.
jews, catholics, christians, moslims, gays, pretty much everyone else gets to plug who or what they are so what’s the diff
it’s annoying when they do it, it’s annoying when he does it.
you want freedom or repression all around? i’ll take freedom and tune in or out what i wish
Kind of like our bonehead politicians don’t have to keep bringing up the fact that they’re fake good Christians and trying to inject theocratic rule into a government that was SPECIFICALLY structured to guard against religious boneheads trying to run the show.
Dont read what he has to say, no one is forcing you.
I’m Mormon (LDS) and I am not offended. And he’s right, he does have that right. Hopefully one day we learn to appreciate true freedom and respect each other. Oh and he’s hilarious! :D
Is it true that LDS have better refresh rates than LCD?
I’m a Christian and I’m not offended in the least.
ps: anyone else remember when Ricky was funny?
You mean last week? Yeah, I remember last week.
Right on Ricky. I have the right to mock all the religious pricks as do they have to right for believing in the evolution theory. Guess it’s a win-win situation.
Guess I’m too drunk to make out a simple sentence…Ment to say “they have the right to mock me for believing in the evolution theory” or somethin’ like that.
you consider yourself evolved species???
On the contrary my friend. We are animals….simply evolved animals. If not evolved animals than just genetically modified chimps by beings from outer space (call them God if you will), Either way…. personally I’m half Agnostic half prick. But call it what you want…..we (as a species) still answer to our basic instincts and needs….survival,food,sex (reproduction…or maybe just wild sex). Anything else is bullshit. No one really has the answer (yet…) about God or the universe or why the hell are we punished to live in this shitty world. If God existed ..Kim Kardashian wouldn’t.
Anyway….As they say….Ignorance is bliss….And I’m a proud ignorant.
OK. Thank you for telling me your family’s background.
Like all celebrities, he just can’t bear the thought of anyone worshiping someone other than him.
I see a Drug overdose, or a stray lightning bolt in Ricky’s future. Then an eternity being heckled in Hell. What a Dick!
I see a lifetime of comments like the one you just made in your future.
Of course it’s too easy to push Kwistians around. “I have the right to offend you but please don’t say anything to the muslims…”
AND, when I offend you and you sue me in court I will throw this shit in your face. Gervais is not funny and not relevant.
Says the person sitting at a computer whose opinion no one cares about and no one will ever know besides your family.
Hmm, you cared enough about the opinion to comment so shut the fuck up asshat
Im confused because I just read his opinion and I am pretty sure we are not family.
Gervais is both funny and relevant. HA!
The fact that he can make fun of Jesus like that and not fear for his life shows how Christianity is the true religion of peace in the 21st century. Try it with Muhammad, Ricky if you want to show how cool and edgy you are. One thing is for sure, you’d wouldn’t have to wait long to find out if you are right.
Yeah…in the 21st century. Let’s not forget about all those crusades and people dying because they opposed Christianity. It’s just been beaten into submission over the years. Maybe people are finally waking the hell up and looking around, realizing they’ve been bamboozled by the powers that be.
Nice Straw man.
Amen…. I mean… uh…. huzzah!
Chinto’s got a very good point here. Dressing up on a magazine cover like Ricky’s doing here is junior high rebellion. What is Ricky risking? Hmmm….well, this bit will play well with his demo and maybe get him a little “isn’t that scandalous” attention in the vanilla media of Huffington/Fox/Entertainment Tonight.
But if he dressed up as Mohammad…well then he’d really be doing…
…what he’s pretending to do here…
…and that just wouldn’t do…
Let’s make that pretentious, calculated and pandering. Come on Ricky, come on you gallant humanists…you’re not taking a stand unless you’re in danger of being knocked down.
How friggin predicable, as soon as something comes up about how violent the muslims are some brain dead turd yells CRUSADES!!!!. Like wow your the first one ever to think of that. First thing is read what the crusades were really about. And yes like it or not moron it is the 21st century and that is where we live now and have to deal with the radical muslims.
I’m not sure what “dressed up as Mohammad” is supposed to look like, and I’m guessing neither do you. None of the artistic depictions of him is well-known (and yes, despite recent events, there have been plenty of artistic renderings of him throughout history), and unlike Jesus, there does not seem to be unified agreement on his appearance. So I don’t know how you dress up and pose like Mohammad in any way along the lines of the Jesus depiction above without having to slap a “This is Mohammad” label to let everyone know—which doesn’t exactly make for good point-making.
I don’t see how that is an argument. Sure, Ricky Gervais is allowed to speak his mind in modern western democracies and not in modern middle eastern authoritarian regimes… if you were talking about a satirist 800 years ago the shoe would be on the other foot. Sometimes cultures are just obscene, it happens.
Are you saying he isn’t really putting his money where his mouth is because he isn’t tackling Islam? I mean, he is talking about being an atheist, not an a-prophetist. Jesus is God. Muhammad is a man. Not believing in one is different than not believing in the other.
The idea of the picture is that he is being crucified for his beliefs, Craigepedia. You know, crown of thorns, strapped to his mic stand, wound in the side, atheist scrawled across his sagging pectorals. And no, he is risking nothing for the “stand” he’s taking.
Maybe if Larry the Cable Guy or Jeff Foxworthy or one of the other hickmedians struck this pose they would at least be risking their demo but Ricky’s not even risking that.
It’s an empty, self-congratulatory gesture.
Lol, Ricky rocks. I disagree with him, but cmon, he’s entitled to this, he’s not hurting anyone. He amuses me :)
I’m not religious. At all.
I’m going to hell for shit I did in just the first 4 weeks into my senior year at college.
BUT – It’s assholes like this that go and have to rile up the whole “Us vs. Them” debate, which is the last fucking thing this country needs.
Good, he should rile it up. It is us versus them. Religious war is a brewin’. The right wingers want to spread the war, and the bleeding hearts are crying for tolerance as the bombs are falling. Atheism man, the only hope for humanity.
Why are you ascribing Atheism so much power to “save humanity”? That’s the same arrogant nonsense as believing any other -ism can “save the world”. Atheism isn’t a “belief system” where values are assigned that one must follow so we can be better people, it is simply the rejection of theology in the name of scientific fact. Values come on your own.
Deacon, go to your high school library and see if they pack a copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five”. If you live in Missouri, chances are it’s been pulled, thanks to community members who object to the fact that it promotes principles that contradict the Bible. The American Library Association is getting a shit-ton of pressure to ban books from right wing religion extremist groups, so you sure as fuck better thank the “assholes” who are calling attention to the “us vs them” debate. Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, the Vatican – none of them ever want, or wanted, a free exchange of ideas and they started off that campaign by banning or burning books.
Fuck every last motherfucking one of them.
I hear you. I get disgusted with them and that whole fucking Texas School Board that is lobbying for “intelligent design” and refuting evolution in a SCIENCE book. Believe me.
I just don’t think this is the time and way to do it.
I would rather die than read something by a guy named Kurt Vonnegut’s titled “Slaughterhouse Five” . But that’s just me.
Too bad, Doc. Near the end of Slaughterhouse-Five, they string up a pixieish Ukrainian actress by her thumbs for trash-talking a Russian journalist. True story.
Doc, if you want to die in ignorance, that’s your right. But when someone tells meI have to remain ignorant since the book was removed because it doesn’t agree with the teachings of some imaginary Roman-era Judean — in a country where there is no established religion, as guaranteed by the Constitution — then you just crossed over onto MY rights.
And TomFrank is right, the Ukranian gangbang scene at the end is one of the best things Vonnegut ever wrote. Sometimes ignorance ain’t bliss.
I don’t give a rat’s backside whether it was forbidden to read it or not. I don’t want to trash my consciousness with negative information and negative energy- there is enough of it on the news already.
There are things I read one titled Master and Margarita, other Tom Sawyer and Hearts Of Three. After those things I open a book and fall asleep at page 10. Boring, dull, commonplace, unoriginal shit. It’s like I have to reread each pararaph dyslexic style because I start to think about something else (more pleasant) and get distracted
So, you’ve never read the book, but based on the title alone, you’re positive it’ll be full of “negative information” and “negative energy”. This, my friends, is knowledge at its finest. – after Tom Sawyer, all things are unoriginal and flat. While Sam’l Clemens would be gratified to know he’s the ne plus ultra of literary genius, there HAVE been other works penned since the 19th century that have pushed the envelope when it comes to original thinking. Ironically, one of these works is “Slaughterhouse 5″ – it’s extremely original and has a very interesting take on free will – namely, that there isn’t any.
“”Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber? . . . Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”
Unfortunately, nothing there for a closed mind like yours to appreciate – and you have the right to remain in darkness and ignorance. But don’t try to spin that willful ingorance into a virtue – it isn’t. There’s nothing commendable about it.
I would slap your face and your ass with Master and Margarita novel. Here:
thank you justifiable. i enjoyed being a spectator at that epic slap down.
Ricky Gervais is a fat little douchebag.
He thinks he is edgy and whatnot, but he is just fucking annoying.
Must be a British male thing, like Russel Brand and Simon Cowell.
Are Atheists unlikable, or are unlikable people drawn to Atheism?
Oooooo….you know what would’ve been even more awesome? If he, like, bought this black t-shirt, and then, like, put “The Prophet Muhammad is a Douchebag” on it, in big, white letters, and then wore THAT on the cover. Yeah!….wait…what? Death threats from millions of people? It wouldn’t sell as many magazines? Or generate as much media exposure due to the threat of violent reprisals? Well, I just don’t see how that’s relevant here. The New Humanist already has a broad and worldly readership, right?…
thumbs up to you.
Agnostics are just bitches who can’t pick a side. “Uhh well I dunno maybe there is maybe there isn’t ummm errr…” no f that…you either believe in god or you don’t. Atheism doesn’t mean you know for a fact that you’re right. Atheism is the lack of belief in a supernatural higher power.
Agnostics are not saying “There might be a God,” but are rather saying, “I admit that there is no way I can currently know whether or not there is a God,” which are different things. Agnostics believe they can’t know, while Atheists actively reject the belief in any god or deity. If either of those categories of people as a whole think for sure they’re “right” and believe there are no supernatural beings as a fact, it’s Atheists. If Atheists didn’t “know for a fact that [they're] right,” they’d be Agnostics.
If you’re saying “I don’t know whether there is a god or not”, doesn’t that logically translate to “There might be a god” and/or “There might not be a god”? I see atheism (or any religious thought) as an opinion. “I do not believe in any supernatural beings” = my opinion. And of course, I think my opinion is right. Everyone has an opinion. And everyone thinks their opinion is right. I’m not saying I know for a fact that my opinion is right. But I believe my opinion is right. There’s a difference there.
Sorry for the double post…I’m a newbie
Trini, your assessment of what Agnostic means isn’t correct. Agnosticism deals with knowledge – believing it is not possible to know. Atheism/theism deal with belief – I believe/don’t believe in higher powers. I didn’t know the actual definition of agnosticism until a couple years ago, and I’m glad I do now.
One can be an Agnostic Atheist = you personally don’t believe in God, but you believe it isn’t possible to know. And one can also be an Agnostic Christian = you personally believe in God, but you believe it isn’t possible to know for sure.
But why do you have to pick a side? Is there a gun to somebody’s head saying they have to pick one or the other? As long as nobody forces others to conform to their beliefs (or lack thereof), then I don’t see the problem with being humble and saying “I don’t know” and leaving it at that.
Technically Agnostics fall under the category of Atheist, so you’re wrong.
Atheism is not a lack of belief, it is the belief in the nonexistence of…
1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
For some funny atheism, there is a new book called The Lord Doesn’t Need Glenn Beck’s Eyes. Pretty damn funny. And cheap.
It’s funny how offended Christians get by anything at all that challenges their cuckoo beliefs, but they don’t mind slamming everyone else.
it’s true of every belief system. read a book.
Thank you so much for that comment! it’s important that it is cheap right. ;-) cause you know…it’s cheap! And you could save!
I thought only Jesus saves. You mean I can, too? Sweet!
It’s important to be hating on Christians as long as you remain stingy in most Judaist way. Cheap greedy stingy jew, that is.
Nice – at last your true colors come out, but of course anti-Semitic fuckbags like you always go there first, because the BEST way to defend Christianity and the love that Christ had for everyone is to attack Jews, right? Well, I’ve got news for you, sweetheart, I’m not Jewish, any more than you’re a Christian. What you are is a disgrace, and to flouncing around here styling yourself as one, blathering on about Christ’s love and light and boo-hooing about how much you have compassion for everyone’s suffering, proves you’re the worst sort of fucking hypocrite. Look up “whited sepulchre” sometime, because you are that very thing – filled with bones, ashes and the ugliest type of hate there is. I do hope an afterlife exists so you can reap the true rewards of what you’ve put forth here. Have a nice life, enjoy it while it lasts.
oooooh, and then followed up with second, left hand slap down. tingles, good sir, tingles.
such hatred and harsh words for your fellow human beings. such a shame civility exists in theory only right here
That’s religion in a nutshell, such a shame.
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