Ricky Gervais - "UK full of losers"

#3
He's absolutely spot on.

The nation applauds losers, the Government rewards them.
 
#4
Too bad he's been a left-winger all his life then, or at least to appear popular for his stand-up. His views coming home to roost.

Love the guy's comedy but he's a complete tosser himself.
 
#5
Never a truer word said.

“We celebrate our losers, we celebrate our underdogs. We build them up and then we don’t like them anymore — whereas Americans celebrate success.”
Success is frowned upon in the UK, and the negativity towards success was installed in our education system in the 70's when the do-gooders decreed that it wasn't in the interest of all for some to be better than others.

The little fat kid that always comes last must never be made to feel inferior by there more dominant and stronger peer's.
 
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heard_it_all_before said:
Never a truer word said.

“We celebrate our losers, we celebrate our underdogs. We build them up and then we don’t like them anymore — whereas Americans celebrate success.”
Success is frowned upon in the UK, and the negativity towards success was installed in our education system in the 70's when the do-gooders decreed that it wasn't in the interest of all for some to be better than others.

The little fat kid that always comes last must never be made to feel inferior by there more dominant and stronger peer's.

I disagree, as do most anthropologists.
It's not success that we hate, it's the associated snobbery that winds us up. It is an inherently British trait to expect humility and modesty in ALL matters. The greatest of deeds MUST be described as nothing, if mentioned at all.
We don't like to hear boasting, over-enthusiasm or the like. And we shouldn't, we're British, and as such we should maintain our famous reserve :wink:

As for Gervais, I find him hilarious. Outside of his stand-up his humour is very much based on winding people up as much as possible. He understands people very well, knows that as a nation we detest boastfulness and so goes out of his way to always have all his awards on display whenever he's collecting a new one!
It's his sense of humour, and I think there are far too many people who don't realise his intentions and as such don't "get" his humour.

Althoug I'm sure there are plenty of people who do "get" Gervais, but still find him annoying.
 
#7
Hardly a new observation. Dunkirk spirit and all that. A snotty disdain for aspiration is as British as bad teeth and pisspoor public transport.
 
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#8
I don't think Americans celebrate success so much as boast about or drool over it. Success tends in any case to be measured only in the crudest terms - big house, big car, yacht. So yes, Americans lust after what money can buy you, and when they've got it they wave it in your face on the end of a blingy stick.

Classy.
 
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Sheepay said:
It is an inherently British trait to expect humility and modesty in ALL matters. The greatest of deeds MUST be described as nothing, if mentioned at all..
Even more so (apparently) Scandinavian. You can't get above yourself among the Nordics - win a rally, "Good car, good team, I was lucky I didn't........Sven was unlucky because.."
 
#10
I remember as an early teenager attending the doctor's lectures to get my red Cross First Aid cert. The doctor was a retired Colonel. He said we lived in a rural area but with a large chemical factory and a woodprocessing plant near that . So what about a major fire incident ? Then he was bumping on about walking wounded. Knee injured men who could be splinted up and classified walking wounded as they could walk backwards with supported legs to get out of the zone.

I remember saying to my dad "What sort of old fart is that then ?"

"The sort who was in charge of the burns unit at Alamein son. Which is why the ICI will be running a firefighter badge course for your senior scouts now." (I went on that course)

That story I think is in the spirit of Jeremy Clarkson's father in law. After his funeral Mrs Clarkson asks her widowed mum "What is that medal there ?" "Oh that it is your father's VC dear"

The British way.
 
#12
vvaannmmaann said:
He is still a very unfunny little shite.
Seconded, he makes my teeth itch. Yet another luvvie selling his ass and soul to Hollywood.
 

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#13
PartTimePongo said:
vvaannmmaann said:
He is still a very unfunny little shite.
Seconded, he makes my teeth itch. Yet another luvvie selling his ass and soul to Hollywood.
I'm in the club too. Watching him on the telly is like a group of twenty people all scratching a chalk-board at the same time.
 
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#15
wannabeseal said:
in many ways Gervais is spot on, but then in a context of this forum his statement is slightly contradicted as nearly everyman and his dog go on about the 'British armed forces are the best in the world' when most of them deep down know that this is simply not true, and quite honestly laughable, but I understand why people say it, especially if they have served themselves, as it would totally undermine their percieved achievments
Have a fish and forget your worries.
 
#16
Biped said:
PartTimePongo said:
vvaannmmaann said:
He is still a very unfunny little shite.
Seconded, he makes my teeth itch. Yet another luvvie selling his ass and soul to Hollywood.
I'm in the club too. Watching him on the telly is like a group of twenty people all scratching a chalk-board at the same time.
I'm in too. I reckon Vic and Bob could take him. In fact, Ant and Dec could probably take him, but my bet is on Bob smashing him with a frying pan and killing him.
 
#17
Sheepay said:
heard_it_all_before said:
Never a truer word said.

“We celebrate our losers, we celebrate our underdogs. We build them up and then we don’t like them anymore — whereas Americans celebrate success.”
Success is frowned upon in the UK, and the negativity towards success was installed in our education system in the 70's when the do-gooders decreed that it wasn't in the interest of all for some to be better than others.

The little fat kid that always comes last must never be made to feel inferior by there more dominant and stronger peer's.

I disagree, as do most anthropologists.
It's not success that we hate, it's the associated snobbery that winds us up. It is an inherently British trait to expect humility and modesty in ALL matters. The greatest of deeds MUST be described as nothing, if mentioned at all.
We don't like to hear boasting, over-enthusiasm or the like. And we shouldn't, we're British, and as such we should maintain our famous reserve :wink:
nail - head

understatement is very british

shame isn't. no other nation will delibirately dress like a complete throbber on purpose for sheets and giggles.

to say the UK is full of losers is taking it too far, and he's sending the wrong message to the septics who're already full of themselves
 
#19
And the nasty little creep had the temerity to write to HM to demand that we stop using real cuddly sweet bears for our hats. Personally, I'm all for that as long as he's volunteering himself and the rest of his PETA chums as replacement material.
 
#20
Donkey-Spanker said:
BambiBasher said:
I don't think Americans celebrate success so much as boast about or drool over it. Success tends in any case to be measured only in the crudest terms - big house, big car, yacht. So yes, Americans lust after what money can buy you, and when they've got it they wave it in your face on the end of a blingy stick.

Classy.
Spot on. We used to believe that "it's not about winning, it's the taking part that counts". We developed the concepts of sportsmanship and fair play. The Yanks and the Aussies believe only in winning, and are poor losers. Rugby world cups and the recent olmpics are proof of that.

Precisely, fairness is another outstandingly British ideal. I mean, have you ever actually stepped back and honestly looked at the scene at a bus stop?
It's magic, and it doesn't happen anywhere else. But there must be order everywhere, and God help anybody who dares to jump that queue.

"Watching the English" is just one of many books that delves deeper into the psyche of us as a people, offering reasons for why we've turned out as we have, or at least, as we once were. Most of it's gone down the shitter because of "tolerance," mores the pity.
 
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