The Office star claimed Paul Crowther - who has been charged with common assault and criminal damage after a milkshake was thrown over the leader of the Brexit Party in Newcastle - was not demonstrating a good political argument.
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TV presenter Gary Lineker has backed the comedian’s opinion ahead of the European Parliamentary elections, which take place today.
Gervais, 57, tweeted: “I voted remain. I would still like to stay in Europe. 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.”
The After Life star insisted that just because people had found it funny to see Farage doused with milkshake, did not make it right.
You’re confusing an entertainer willingly getting a pie in the face with someone unwillingly getting a pie in the face. Easy mistake.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 23, 2019
Crowther said of his actions: “It’s a right of protest against people like [Farage].”
On Wednesday it was reported Farage had been ‘trapped’ on a bus in Kent because of three young men wearing balaclavas who were “holding milkshakes”.
But the former UKIP leader insisted that he was not cowering on his campaign bus to avoid being pelted by milkshakes from the protestors outside.
A spokesman for Farage said: “Nigel did media interviews on top of the campaign open-top bus and then got off to mix with supporters afterwards, taking photographs and signing boards.
“Suggestions that he hid on board the bus are simply not true.”