Ricky Gervais’ Netflix Special Draws Critics Over Trans Jokes – Deadline

Ricky Gervais’ Netflix Special Draws Critics Over Trans Jokes – Deadline

The new comedy special from Ricky Gervais SuperNature was released on Netflix just a few hours ago, but it’s already getting a lot of heat because of its graphic jokes poking fun at the trans community.

Just four minutes later, Gervais takes aim at trans women. “Oh, women!” began Gervais. “Not all women, I mean the most old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with bellies. Those fucking dinosaurs. I like new women. They are awesome, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve seen lately. Those with beards and dicks. They are as good as gold, I love them. And now the old-fashioned say, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ “Why wouldn’t they use your toilet?” ‘For ladies!’ “They are ladies, look at their pronouns! What about this person who is not a woman? “Well, his penis.” ‘His penis, you fucking bigot!’ “And if he rapes me? ‘What if she rapes you, you fucking fucking TERF?’

TERF stands for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist,” a term used to describe feminists who separate trans women’s rights from women’s rights in their advocacy.

At the end of the special, Gervais posted a disclaimer that his jokes aimed at the trans community were only of shocking value: “Full disclosure: In real life, of course, I support human rights. trans people,” explained Gervais. “I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your favorite pronouns. Be the gender you feel you are.

Last year, Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special The closest generated a huge backlash over remarks about the trans and LGBTQ+ communities, which sparked a walkout from the streamer’s employees.

In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Late at night last week, to promote the special, Gervais defended his decision to joke about “taboo” topics, saying he wanted to take “smart” audiences somewhere they had never been before. “I think people get offended when they confuse the subject of a joke with the real target, and smart people know you can deal with anything, especially when it comes to something like irony,” he told Colbert.

The social media reaction to SuperNature was quick.

“Ricky Gervais has a new stand-up show on Netflix today,” one trans woman tweeted. “After 5 minutes he makes jokes about trans women attacking and raping people in public bathrooms. For him, we only exist as a punchline, a threat, something less than human.

Another wrote: “If you are a comedian and support trans people it is your responsibility to speak out against Dave Chapelle and new special Ricky Gervais. At this point, you cannot call yourself an ally unless you publicly object. It’s the bare minimum. »

Another canceled his Netflix subscription: “In honor of Ricky Gervais and his 2-4-1 rant about trans people and cancel culture, I’m actually canceling. Thanks @netflix #TransRightsAreHumanRights”

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