Just like gay doesn’t mean homosexual

Comedians can say ‘mong’ on TV now in the UK.

Media regulator Ofcom has rejected three complaints about comedian Ricky Gervais’s use of the word “mong” during his Channel 4 show Science.

Speaking about Britain’s Got Talent singer Susan Boyle in October, he said :”She would not be where she is today if it wasn’t for the fact that she looked like such a ******* mong.”

Mong is a slang term used to refer to people with Down’s Syndrome.

It is derived from the word “mongrel.”

He went on: “When she first came on the telly, I went: ‘Is that a mong?’

“I don’t mean she has Down’s Syndrome, by the way. No, no! That would be offensive. That word doesn’t mean that any more.”


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  • Rockfield

    I would have thought the derivation would have been from “Mongol”


  • onelaw4all

    actually,, mongoloid   I think.

    • Grandstream

      Maybe the new nickname for Hone Harawera ?

    • Rockfield

      Same song, different verse ….

  • Cody Hatch

    Actually from Mongoloid.


    Mongrel?  That’s retarded….

    • Anonymous

      Mongrel is a dog, nothing to do with retardation.

  • Sadu

    2 points.

    1. Surely “mong” is derived from “mongol” or “mongoloid”. Surely?

    2. Ricky Gervais is full of crap. Of course by “is that a mong” he meant “is that a person with down’s syndrome”. It’s a perfectly reasonable, and offensive, conclusion to arrive to. If “mong” doesn’t mean “mongoliod” or “downs syndrome” in the context of Susan Boyle, I’d love to hear what it actually does mean.

    I mean, how else could one possibly interpret that statement?

    • Jassen

      You could take it with a bit more tongue in cheek and laugh moron.

      For your sake, please don’t ever watch any shows by Frankie Boyle.

      • Sadu

        I don’t have a problem with comedy being offensive.

        All I’m saying is that if the statement “Susan Boyle is a mong” doesn’t imply something to do with down’s syndrome, then my grasp of the English language isn’t as good as I thought it was.

  • Agent BallSack

    Hes just calling her a barker, pretty sure mong mong is how Chinese describe dogs barking.

  • pidge

    I’m sure Paul Henry sitting back and reflecting on “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.

  • Super Guest

    Can someone point me to the moment in Western society’s history where people’s feeling’s were given greater consideration than our right to free speech?

    • Agent BallSack

      The first Helen Clark led Labour Government!

  • Kimbo

    …good question, which I’m assuming is asking how did “Political Correctness” first come about.

    A bit of googling reveals what we all suspected – class (and later race and gender) warfare by the left, seeking to overthrow the exploitation and oppression of the hegemony. Started with the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, then really took root with the Berkley liberals of the late 1960s. The assumption of dialectic analysis is that the bad guys are already controlling the marginalised with their language and labels, e.g, “bum” rather than “dispossessed”, so you confront and undermine the mental and social power-structures by changing the language that is used in public discourse.


    I gotta say, I’m glad it is not acceptable to call someone a “ni%%er”, or a “fag”, or similar in ordinary conversation. People who use that sort of language reveal more about their own shortcomings.

    Also, the lefties have a point – people, in the ordinary course of events have a right to be addressed by the labels they prefer and choose. If people want to be known as “disabled”, instead of handicapped”, fair enough.

    But humour is a different category, for a different purpose. Or at least it is until you subject it to leftist dialectic analysis. Then pretty much everything ceases to be funny…

  • Tony

    As the brother of someone with Downs’; its from Mongol(loid) reflecting the fact that they have Asiatic type eyes.  

  • Rockyr

    Poor taste though her singing is over rated in my view.

  • Anne

    Whether or not you find the comments offensive (and as a parent of a daughter with a disability I do) please note the correct term is ” Down Syndrome” and whether the offensive term is from mongol (noun) or mongoloid (adjective) doesn’t matter. Both terms are outdated and not in use anymore.

    Even if some people (including me) do find the comments offensive I still believe in free speech.

     As for the comments  relating to “mongrel” for heaven’s sake WO just made a typo/spelling mistake

  • EX Navy Greg

    Enough PC crap already.Susan Boyle does look like a mong.
    A mate of mine who had a severely disabled son read this thread earlier and laughed.
    Actually, his son died July 2 last year aged 13.
    R.I.P. Blake.