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Manhole Cover wrote:Haha, well played.
But what I mean is, that it's a pretty strong accusation that he would twist Karls words/lie to make a point. I don't *know* whether he would do something like that or not, but I seriously doubt it. I mean, anyone can read Rickys blog, including Karl himself.
Steven wrote:Great letter. Tweeted the link to him (YN)
ThisTricycle wrote:Unfortunately the link above is not accurate, unless I'm missing something. It doesn't link to mars bah bah bah's post, nor even to the same page as that post.. ?
EDIT: Manhole Cover's sorted it.
mars bah bah bah wrote:An open letter to Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington,
I still remember the first time I saw The Office. Like many “Pilkipedians”, it was a series that not only made me laugh, but changed my views on what a television show could be. There were real life lessons to be learned from it, too, and beyond that, lessons about subtlety, honesty and character development that so many sitcoms could learn a lot from trying to emulate.
However, it wasn’t until I uncovered you as a comedy trio on XFM that I really became obsessed. I was travelling around Canada at the time, and was a little lost and bewildered. The XFM back-catalogue guided me through many an uncomfortable night in a youth hostel, and long boring bus trip. I would go to sleep listening to them on my iPod with a stupid grin on my face. The only drawback was being woken up at 3am by one of Ricky’s sharp, piercing laughs. True story.
It wasn’t long after discovering the shows (then the podcasts) that I found a little site called Pilkipedia, in 2006. From here, it became easy to immerse myself in the world that is the combined results of your comedic works. From Steve’s BBC radio shows, to Cemetery Junction, to An Idiot Abroad, the message boards bristled with excitement and anticipation and retrospective analysis of every piece of work.
You wouldn’t believe the dedication of some Pilkipedians to everything you do. We live for it, and while that may make us seem like sad teenage nerds, the reality is quite different. Pilkipedia comprises fans from the age of 14 to well over 50, and professions from pharmacists to stand-up comedians, to aspiring script writers influenced by your amazing work. In my day-to-day life, I’ve never since encountered anybody who understands my love of the comedy gold you three have achieved together, but the people at Pilkipedia were all on the same level; and that’s what has kept me coming back almost every day for more than five years.
Like any established online community, it can be a little tough to be a new member. The new guy at work might feel a similar sense of being outside of the clique, and face the same “initiation” period. That doesn’t mean we shoot down any new members who have nice things to say; just that it can be hard to make your voice heard at first. That’s life, really.
I, like a lot of Pilkipedians, was upset to hear that Karl believes we do nothing but slag you all off. I’m not angry or mad at Karl, but guilty and a bit perplexed that this is how we are perceived. We know you don’t like to mention or communicate much with Pilkipedia - and that’s always been fine - but I think I can speak for everyone when I say we’d love to have a bit of interaction, and it’s terrible to think the lack of correspondence is because you think we’re a bunch of tossers.
Rick, if you do happen to read the forums, you’ll notice we have been a bit arsehole-ish with regard to our appraisal of your work and attitude lately. I doubt you care enough about what a bunch of nerds think to let this bother you, but this is the only area in which I believe Karl’s criticism of Pilkipedia could be justified.
I’m sorry, I just didn’t like Life’s Too Short, and I don’t much care for the righteous Tweets with regard to religion and politics. Once upon a time you claimed celebrities who put their hands up to become spokespeople for causes were worthy of ridicule and disdain. But despite the fact we’ve been a bit harsh on you lately, we still love you, you cunt.
Keep up the fantastic work, and try not to hate us too much.
Bret wrote:This place is definitely not the same without him.