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Ricky Gervais: Bad Parents Should Be Sterilized

First Posted: 04/03/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:25 PM ET

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon have no kids.

Ricky Gervais is stirring the pot by proposing a new method for population control: sterilizing the stupid, fat, irresponsible and otherwise unfit parents.

He told UK's Times Online that there are already "too many unwanted children, too many people who are poor and struggling."

"If they all had a good quality of life, no one would complain," he said. "What there is, is too many useless people. Too many people who shouldn't have children."

Gervais' solution involves a imposing a limitation on who is allowed to breed.

"Yes, based on ... stupid, fat faces," he said. "If there's a woman in leggings, eating chips with a fag in her mouth, sterilize her."

Another example of irresponsible parenting: "brainwashing" by forcing religion upon one's kids, said Gervais, an outspoken atheist.

Gervais is no hypocrite. He is childless and has been with his partner, Jane Fallon, 48, for 27 years. He said they decided against having children because it would be "too much hassle."

"We just didn't fancy dedicating 16 years of our life to it," he said. "And there are too many children, of course."

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