Controversial comedian Ricky Gervais took a shot at the recent trend of left-leaning activists throwing milkshakes at conservative politicians, pundits and protesters.
A growing viral trend in the U.S. and U.K. has seen political figures get milkshakes thrown on or at them by liberal activists who disagree with the target’s views. Brexit leader Nigel Farage was the target of a milkshaking incident in May. Antifa protesters clashed with Proud Boys in Portland, Ore. over the weekend when some of the demonstrators threw milkshakes said to be mixed with quick-drying cement, raw eggs and pepper spray.
Gervais, who is typically outspoken about political correctness on social media, took to Twitter to slam the idea that milkshaking exists under the bar of typical assault.
“It's interesting that the people who believe that throwing a milkshake in someone's face shouldn't be considered assault are often the same people who believe that 'saying things' should be,” the original “Office” creator wrote.
The comments received immediate backlash on social media, with many arguing that Gervais is siding with the opinion of white supremacists and conservative extremists. However, this is not the first time the outspoken comedian has been rebuked online for his views on liberal activism.
“I’m an old fashioned liberal lefty, champagne socialist type of guy,” he wrote in January after similar comments drew backlash. “A pro-equality, opportunity-for-all, welfare state snowflake. But, if I ever defend freedom of speech on here, I’m suddenly an alt right nazi. How did that happen?”
In addition, his most recent stand-up special “Humanity” premiered on Netflix in 2018 and dealt with a lot of the same issues of free speech and political correctness. Many weren't thrilled with the special and some of the comments made during it.