- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2019

British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais said Thursday that the Remainer activists who have recently taken to throwing milkshakes at pro-Brexit politicians deserve a “smack in the mouth.”

“I voted remain. I would still like to stay in Europe,” Mr. Gervais explained on Twitter. “I will argue with people who disagree me, always respecting their right to do so. What I won’t do is throw things at them. That would mean I had run out of good arguments. It would also mean I deserve a smack in the mouth.”

Pro-Brexit and right-wing politicians in Britain like Nigel Farage, Carl Benjamin and Tommy Robinson have been pelted with milkshakes during the election campaign.

Most recently, an 81-year-old British Army veteran was hit with a milkshake outside a Brexit Party polling station in Aldershot. Mr. Gervais on Thursday afternoon retweeted a message by Piers Morgan calling the attack on Don MacNaughton “disgusting.”

Mr. Gervais also clarified that “throwing things” does not constitute free speech.

“I’ll go along with whatever happens,” he tweeted, referring to Brexit. “I just won’t throw milkshakes.”

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