The British comedian is under fire from transgender people for his new Netflix special, but others say he is “standing up for the IDGAF+ community.”
Controversial comedian Ricky Gervais is once again in an online hot spot, this time for a series of alleged anti-transgender jokes featured in his just-released Netflix special ‘SuperNature’. On Tuesday, the name of the UK’s ‘The Office’ creator went viral on Twitter as the LGBTQ community urged viewers to boycott the special and some people vowed to cancel their Netflix subscriptions.
“I love new women,” Gervais jokes sarcastically in the special, which has only been on the streaming platform for a few hours as of Tuesday morning. “They are great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve seen lately. The ones with beards and roosters. They are worth their weight in gold, I love them.”
Then, referring to the highly publicized trans toilet controversy, the Afterlife star said, “And now the old-fashioned people are saying, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ “Why don’t they use your toilets?” “For the ladies!”
“They are ladies—look at their pronouns! What about the fact that this person is not a lady?” he added. “Well, his penis.” “Her penis, you fucking fanatic!” “What if he rapes me?”
“What if she rapes you, you fucking TERF w**re?” joked Gervais, referring to the acronym Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist, which is used to refer to people who reject the idea that trans women are real women.
Gervais doubled down on his attacks against transgender people when discussing Kevin Hart’s refusal to host the 2018 Academy Awards because of past tweets deemed homophobic. He was critical of the way the comic book trend is being reversed today due to old tweets that were not considered controversial at the time.
“You can’t predict what’s going to be offensive in the future,” said Gervais, who has quipped in the past that his ultimate goal is to cancel the match. “For example, the worst thing you can say today is muting you on Twitter, death threats, the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right? Well, nobody foresaw this.”
“You won’t find a tweet from a decade ago that says, ‘Women don’t have penises.’ You know why? We didn’t think we fucking needed it!” added comic. He has previously stated that “smart people” are not offended by jokes about AIDS, Hitler and other taboo topics.
Despite seemingly transphobic jokes, Ricky Gervais has maintained that he is in fact a big supporter of the trans community.
“Full disclosure: in real life, of course, I support trans rights. I support all human rights, and transgender rights are human rights, ”the comedian insisted. “Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender you feel you are. But go halfway, ladies. Lose a member. That’s all I say.”
Needless to say, the inflammatory jokes didn’t sit well with many online, who accused the Brit of targeting a marginalized community.
“Ricky Gervais has a new stand-up show on Netflix today,” one critic tweeted. “5 minutes and he jokes about trans women attacking and raping people in public restrooms. For him, we exist only as a highlight, a threat, something less than people.
Another tweeted: “If you are a comedian and support transgender people, you have a duty to speak out against Dave Chappelle and the new Ricky Gervais special. At the moment, you cannot call yourself an ally unless you publicly oppose it. this is the bare minimum.”
Another considered the hypocrisy of Gervais, a staunch animal rights activist who criticizes transgender people and at the same time opposes cruelty to animals.
“It is insane that an entire part of Ricky Gervais is squealing and clucking at marginalized groups who are brutally murdered daily before turning to the camera, making a sad face and saying, ‘Some people put lipstick on bunnies,’” they wrote.
“In honor of Ricky Gervais and his 2-4-1 rant about transgender people and culture cancellation, I’m actually canceling,” one critic ranted at a streaming service that recently lost a boatload of subscribers. Thanks @netflix #TransRightsAreHumanRights.
Advocacy group GLAAD also weighed in on Tuesday afternoon, tweeting that the special was “full of graphic, dangerous anti-transgender language masquerading as jokes. He also makes anti-gay rhetoric and spreads misinformation about HIV.”
However, some fans of the comedy were entertained by a British humorist: one Twitter user wrote: “5 minutes after the Ricky Gervais special and he already mentioned ‘old type women’, ‘those with wombs’, who are dinosaurs and respect rapist pronouns. Like this!”
Another wrote: “I see Ricky Gervais defending the IDGAF+ community.”
The controversy arose after fellow comedian Dave Chappelle, also recently accused of transphobic jokes, was attacked on stage by a rapper who was allegedly “provoked” by the comedian’s jokes about the LGBT community.
“I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was the trigger,” Isaiah Lee, who is currently in custody in Los Angeles, told The Post.
This article was originally published New York Post and reproduced with permission