Ricky Gervais
The Office creator posted a series of tweets including phrases such as “Good monging everyone” and “two mongs don’t make a right,” which are not complete without the pictures of him making silly faces to accompany them. Twitter

Comic Ricky Gervais has come under fire this week after repeatedly using the word "mong" on his Twitter feed.

The highly-rated comedian argues that the word has lost its true meaning - a derogatory term form someone with Down's syndrome - and is now a much less offensive word for "idiot".

'The Office' star has 440,000 followers on Twitter and regularly tweets: "two mongs don't make a right" and "Night night monglets putting the cat on recharge then off to bed."

Although Gervais has been heavily criticised by charities and support groups he has garnered a lot of support from carers of Down's syndrome sufferers.

One supporter of Gervais tweeted: "As the mother of a child with severe learning difficulties, I say mong all the time."

Richard Herring told the Telegraph that comics are ""happy to use 'mong' or 'retard' as a means of getting a laugh."

"If the words are upsetting some people and perpetuating a stereotype, isn't it more noble and thoughtful to just admit you might have made a mistake and stop?" He added.

Gervais puts forward an argument to his Twitter following that the criticisers are jealous of his success as opposed to offended by his tweets: "Dear fans. Don't give the haters any attention. Those people aren't really offended by the things I say - they are offended by my success."