Ricky Gervais Flamed For Transphobic Jokes In Netflix Special

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Ricky Gervais is the latest comedian to inflame the woke mob for telling ‘taboo” jokes about transgender women during his latest Netflix special.  

“Ricky Gervais is just an incredibly lazy comedian who hasn’t worked out that just because you’re offensive it doesn’t mean you’re funny. His fans now seem to consist of right wing twats who think cruelty is funny simply by virtue of it being cruel and ‘triggering the libs,’” wrote a Twitter user. 

In his new special SuperNature, the comedian dared to poke fun about the transgender movement. 

“Women — I mean, the old-fashioned women. You know, the one with wombs,” he cracked. “Those f***ing dinosaurs! I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c***s.” 

“They’re as good as gold, I love them,” Gervais continued. “And now the old-fashioned ones say, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ ‘Why shouldn’t they use your toilets?’ ‘For ladies!’ ‘They are ladies — look at their pronouns! What about this person isn’t a lady?’ ‘Well, his penis.’ ‘Her penis, you f***ing bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you f***ing TERF w****?’”

LGBTQ+ organization GLAAD ripped into Netflix and the funnyman in a blistering statement on Twitter.  

“We watched the Ricky Gervais “comedy” special on Netflix so you don’t have to. It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes. He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric & spreads inaccurate information about HIV,” they posted

Netflix has a policy that content “designed to incite hate or violence” is not allowed on their platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that,” the statement continued. While Netflix is home to some groundbreaking LGBTQ shows, it refuses to enforce its own policy in comedy.

The comedian defended his jokes in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday. “I think that’s what comedy is for, really – to get us through stuff, and I deal in taboo subjects because I want to take the audience to a place it hasn’t been before, even for a split second,” he remarked. 

“Most offense comes from when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target,” he continued. “I think that’s what comedy is for – getting us over taboo subjects so they’re not scary any more. So I deal with everything. And I think we second guess the audience too much.”

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