“Ricky Gervais tells fans to ‘Actually Do Something For Oklahoma’ by donating to Red Cross.” This is awesome! Good on you Ricky!

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Ricky Gervais tells fans to ‘Actually Do Something For Oklahoma’ by donating to Red Cross

By Daniel S Levine, 5/22/2013

Almost immediately after news about the Oklahoma tornado spread across the world, the hashtag #PrayersForOklahoma began trending. But British comedian Ricky Gervais, a noted atheist, suggested that his fans should actually do something instead of just sending out a tweet. He urged fans to make a donation to the American Red Cross.

According to The Wrap, Tuesday morning, Gervais replied to an MTV tweet about how Katy Perry, Rihanna and Beyonce had sent their thoughts and prayers on Twitter. “I feel like an idiot now,” The Office creator wrote. “I only sent money.”

Today, Gervais wrote to his 4.6 million followers, “Praying for something but not doing anything to make it happen has the same effect as writing to Santa & not letting mummy read the letter.” That tweet was retweeted over 4,100 times and favorited 2,000 times.

Then, he followed that up with “The best way to help the disaster victims is to donate athttp://redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999. #ActuallyDoSomethingForOklahoma.”

He also wrote that the Red Cross sent him a message that thanked him and his “lovely twonks for their overwhelming generosity.”

While Gervais has earned some praise for telling people to donate, the co-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead, received harsh criticism for an insensitive tweet she sent out on Tuesday. According to Today.com, she wrote, “This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives.”

Winstead deleted the tweet and wrote, “Made a political joke, Twas before devastation revealed. In hindsight, had I understood, I would have refrained. Beyond sorry. #LetMeHaveIt.” She has since been retweeting relief efforts.

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7 thoughts on ““Ricky Gervais tells fans to ‘Actually Do Something For Oklahoma’ by donating to Red Cross.” This is awesome! Good on you Ricky!

  1. Vir ‘n slag stem ek saam met ‘n ateïs. Kan jy nou meer! Selfs die Bybel vertel dat geloof sonder dade absoluut niks beteken nie.

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      • Aggenee, moet net nie vir my vertel jy neem Shofar ernstig op nie. Hierdie ouens is op Stellenbosch baie aktief onder studente (veral die met geld). Hul leier het stinkryk geword in die proses.

        Wat “bewys” dit wat jy pos? Komaan Bobjaan, jy kan sekerlik nie so naief wees nie?

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      • Ek weet van twee mense wat onlangs in Stellenbosch dood is aan kanker. In beide gevalle het Shofar gebid dat die spoeg spat. Het niks gehelp nie – altwee dood.

        In een geval het n groep dames wat hulself die “Pink Ladies” noem, ewe teen Pappagaaiberg opgestap om by die kruis (deur christen got aanbidders opgerig) te gaan bid vir hul sterwende vriendin. Hierna is wyd en syd verkondig dat hul glo sy is genees. Sy is toe dood.

        Feit: daar bestaan geen bewyse hoegenaamd dat ‘n gebid aan ‘n got, enige uitwerking het nie. Indien dit so was, Bobjaan, kan ek jou die versekering gee dat BID101 as eerstejaarkursus deel sou uitmaak van die mediese kurrikulum.

        Eerlikwaar Bobby, jy is dommer as wat ek gedink het. Of miskien net naief….of beide.

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  2. Ouens julle moet passop! Elke mens het so ‘n klein holtetjie in sy gesig wat ongelooflik baie kak produseer. En dit is die mensdom in ‘n nutshell.

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