BBC Comedy star stands by her “Sarcastic” applause of Ricky Gervais after losing out on award

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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In a bold stance, comedian Lolly Adefope has stood by her decision to deliver sarcastic applause to Ricky Gervais after he clinched an award, beating her show at the National Comedy Awards. Despite some interpreting her action as outrage, Adefope has clarified her stance, emphasising it was a playful gesture rather than a sign of anger or discontent.

Last February, the prestigious National Comedy Awards saw both Adefope’s BBC series “Ghosts” and Gervais’ Netflix hit “After Life” nominated for Best Scripted Comedy. Gervais emerged victorious, yet his absence during the ceremony prompted the camera to capture Adefope’s less-than-enthused reaction.

Addressing the incident, Adefope explained to The Guardian, “It’s always like I’m ‘raging’ at something, like I’m lecturing someone, like I’m really angry, rather than just being silly.” She adamantly expressed no regrets over her playful jab at Gervais, highlighting her lack of fear in speaking her mind compared to some due to societal repercussions.

Lolly Adefope made the gesture when Gervais won an award in February but doesn’t regret it.

British comedian regrets nothing about the incident

“I don’t regret making the joke,” she reiterated. “I don’t have the same fear that a white person might have, which definitely holds people back from saying things.” Her comments shed light on the complexities of navigating comedic expression in a landscape increasingly scrutinised for its political correctness.

Adefope’s tweet following the ceremony, sarcastically congratulating Gervais, garnered significant attention, amassing over 820,000 views. This digital discourse underscores the power of social media in amplifying and dissecting public personas’ actions, even those as seemingly innocuous as exaggerated applause.

The comedian’s reflections on her response to Gervais’ win further delve into the evolving landscape of comedy and its social implications. Adefope admitted that in the past, she may have sought to suppress content she deemed offensive but now acknowledges the enduring audience for such material.

“There’s always going to be an audience for that kind of comedy,” she remarked, highlighting a shift in her approach towards creating meaningful content that counters harmful stereotypes rather than engaging in futile censorship battles.

Gervais never holds back from responding to criticism

While Adefope’s stance remains firm, Gervais continues to court controversy with his comedic endeavours. His recent Netflix special “Armageddon” stirred debate over its content, with Gervais defending his use of controversial language as integral to his comedic persona.

Afterlife lasted for three series, and won numerous awards along the way.

In response to criticism, Gervais questioned the significance of offence, stating, “People have a reaction. They don’t analyse it. They feel something – that’s what offence is.” His remarks underscore the ongoing tension between artistic expression and societal sensitivities.

As Adefope embraces her role as an opening act for Yard Act’s residency, her unapologetic approach to comedic expression serves as a reminder of the power of humour to handle difficult life situations. Adefope’s stance offers a refreshing perspective on navigating the complexities of comedy in the digital age.

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