British comedian Ricky Gervais is no stranger to controversy, and now he has found himself in hot water again after making an inappropriate joke during a recent show on his Humanity tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
While specifics of the joke aren’t known, it reportedly involved the subject ‘dead babies’ and caused two bereaved parents walk out of his show.
According to Belfast Live, Suzi and Ryan Gourley, who lost their newborn son last July and attended the show as their first night out since losing their baby boy, described the joke as so offensive "(you) wouldn't have expected (it) in a million years from anybody".
“I just think ‘Why? What is the need?’ This is our life — we have no choice but to live with this,” Ms Gourley continued. "I know people take things differently and I know our emotions are raw, but why joke about a baby being dead? It's just wrong.”
"Some people might read this and think we're over sensitive and maybe we are - but it's just not funny."
Non-profit group Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support took to Facebook to issue a warning about the comedian’s show on Facebook, warning any grieving parents to give it a miss.
Gervais has since taken to Twitter to defend his joke in a series of posts on Twitter.