“We watched the Ricky Gervais ‘comedy’ special on Netflix so you don’t have to.”
Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has a new special, Supernaturalon Netflix starting today.
Throughout the special, Ricky makes several offensive jokes about trans people. At one point he actually claims to “support trans rights” – before ending with another joke about trans people.
People are understandably upset, and this afternoon GLAAD released a statement condemning the special’s “anti-gay rhetoric” in a series of tweets.
“We watched the Ricky Gervais ‘comedy’ special on Netflix so you don’t have to,” the statement began. “It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants disguised as jokes. It also spouts anti-gay rhetoric and spreads inaccurate information about HIV.”
“Warning Ricky and Netflix: People living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long, healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others.”
“Netflix has a policy that content ‘designed to incite hatred or violence’ is not allowed on its platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does just that. While Netflix offers LGBTQ shows revolutionaries, he refuses to enforce his own comedy policy.”
“The LGBTQ community and our allies have made it clear that so-called comedians who spit hate in place of humor, and the media companies that give them a platform, will be held accountable. In the meantime, he there are a LOT of funny LGBTQ comedians on Support.”
This isn’t the first time that Netflix – as well as a comedian whose work is mostly featured on Netflix – has faced backlash from GLAAD (as well as the LGBTQ+ community as a whole) for a offensive content.
In October last year, GLAAD also spoke out against Dave Chappelle’s controversial Netflix special. The closestwhich also featured anti-trans remarks from the comedian.
“The negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that the public does not support the platform of anti-LGBTQ rants,” GLAAD said in A declaration at the time. “We agree.”