DID GER­VAIS CROSS THE LINE WITH FRANK JOKE?

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

I read with great sad­ness the ar­ti­cle about Ricky Ger­vais’ jokes on Jon Ste­wart’s show ( Jok­ing aside, my Anne Frank Shtick IS funny, April 20). There is a time and a place for laugh­ter, for be­ing light-hearted and jovial.

Sadly, Ger­vais fails to recog­nise that the life Anne lived in hid­ing is not suit­able ma­te­rial for any com­i­cal rou­tine. I won­der whether he has ever read the diary? I read it in school many years ago and re­vis­ited it re­cently with my 11-year-old son. My re­ac­tion on read­ing it again was: what a waste of pure tal­ent. Her de­scrip­tion of those years can only be de­scribed as phe­nom­e­nal.

As my son and I ap­proached the end of the diary we both were both ex­tremely ap­pre­hen­sive, emo­tional and tearful. Usu­ally, when a reader ap­proaches the end of a book they do so with ea­ger­ness, want­ing to dis­cover the out­come of the story. How­ever, on this occ asion we both knew there was no happy end­ing.

Ger­vais has tried to ex­plain him­self out of his messy rou­tine by say­ing that it was in­tended to re­veal his stu­pid­ity. I urge him to read or reread the diary and then com­ment on whether jok­ing about Anne Frank is ap­pro­pri­ate. Re­becca Doc­tors re­bec­ca­doc­tors@hot­mail.com

Ricky Ger­vais has bro­ken the first golden rule of com­edy, which is never to in­sult the in­tel­li­gence of your au­di­ence.

The sec­ond golden rule is, if you have to ex­plain the point of your joke, it isn’t funny. David Leven­son david.leven­son@bt­in­ter­net.com

Hav­ing watched his work, Ger­vais does not give the im­pres­sion of be­ing a man who tar­gets Jews. The Pro­duc­ers had peo­ple dressed up as Nazis , but be­cause it was pro­duced by a Jew, it was deemed to be ac­cept­able. So is the ar­gu­ment that if a Jew makes a joke it is OK?

Ti­tan­tic sank and a film was made about it. My grand­fa­ther’s brother, Eleazer Gilin­sky, died on the Ti­tan­tic at the age of 19. What is worse: go­ing to see the film or laugh­ing at Ger­vais? Stephen Gilin­sky Septem­ber Way, Stan­more, HA7

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