Remember how comedian Ricky Gervais submitted a picture of himself, dressed as a clown with a gun in his mouth, for the cover of Rolling Stone? They rejected it because it was “too offensive” and Gervais said he didn’t even bother to submit his second choice: himself, shirtless, holding a mic stand as if he were nailed to a crucifix.
Rolling Stone may have said no, but New Humanist magazine said yes! The UK publication will be using that second image for its September/October issue:
Inside you’ll find our interview with Gervais, in which he discusses his new show Life’s Too Short, offence (“You have the right to be offended, and I have the right to offend you. But no one has the right to never be offended”) and losing his childhood faith.
The issue goes on sale August 25th. You can subscribe here.
For anyone interested, here’s the original image:
(Photo by Nadav Kander)