DID GERVAIS CROSS THE LINE WITH FRANK JOKE?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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