Ricky Gervais has once again found himself in hot water over his controversial trans “jokes”.
The Office creator, who received critical acclaim for the third season of his Netflix series Afterlife, has come back to earth after causing a scandal online.
Just four minutes into his new comedy special, SuperNature, the comedian let loose a series of jokes that have been labeled “toxic” and “transphobic.”
In a long segment in the special, he says, “Oh women! Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women with wombs. Those damn dinosaurs. I love the new women. You are great, aren’t you? The new ones we’ve seen lately. The ones with beards and c**ks. They are as good as gold, I love them.
“And now the old-fashioned are saying, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ “Why shouldn’t they use your toilets?” ‘For ladies!’ ‘She are Ladies – look at their pronouns! What about that person who isn’t a lady?’ “Well, his penis.” ‘Your penis, you bloody fanatic!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you fucking TERF w***e?’”
It’s certainly not the first time Gervais has cracked jokes about the trans community — and he’s been slammed by other comics for his material.
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While hosting the Golden Globes in 2016, Ricky started cracking jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and the fatal car accident she was involved in.
“What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people around the world – she showed great courage in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes,” said Gervais.
“She didn’t do much for female drivers. But you can’t have everything, right? Not at the same time.”
One of those who somewhat surprisingly slammed into Gervais was controversial Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle.
The former Mock The Week star criticized his colleague’s ability to do stand-up comedy and urged him to stick with making TV shows.
“My honest reaction was that it’s not that much weirder than Ricky Gervais saying he’s a stand-up comedian,” Frankie said at one of his shows.
“I mean, look, we know Ricky Gervais, he’s a brilliant actor, he’s a brilliant writer, he’s not a fucking stand-up comedian! Just because Ricky Gervais self-identifies as a stand-up comedian, am I suppose to say he is? It’s fucking political correctness gone insane!”
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Frankie, who has himself sparked outrage by mocking Harvey Price in the past, spoke to Louis Theroux about Ricky’s comments about trans people on his Grounded podcast in December 2020.
“When you watch him stand up, you’re like, ‘Oh, this is someone doing a version of what we’re doing,'” Frankie said.
“But really, I saw him do his routine about trans people and I thought it was very lazy.
“I want him to have the same respect for trans people that he seems to have for animals. I don’t think that’s asking much.”
Seemingly in response to Frankie’s criticism, Ricky tweeted a few days later, “I look down on everyone equally.”
Another comedian who has targeted Gervais is James Acaster, whose tirade about comics “stalling transgender people” to be edgy has resurfaced and gone viral.
During his Cold Lasagna Hate Myself 1999 tour in 2019, James said, “They say what they want, edgy comedians. Nobody tells them what they can and can’t say. They go straight to the stage, sometimes at the top of their specials, and do 10 solid minutes just to choke on transgender people.
“People on the internet are upset about it … the comedian is always like, ‘Tough luck, that’s my job, I’m a stand-up comedian, I’m there to challenge people. If you don’t like being challenged, don’t watch my show. What’s up guys, too challenging for you guys?”
After repeating that last line several times, James continued his skit, naming Gervais directly.
He continued: “Yes, because you know who was long overdue for a challenge? The trans community. You’ve been on the alert for too long if you ask me. They’ll check all their privileges on the way home, thanks for you brave little cis-boy.
“I used to name one of the comedians who was in this routine but it always got very awkward in the room because apparently most people in 2019 are still more than happy to laugh at trans people but are uncomfortable laughing at her Ricky Gervais yet. This is the line. “
Acaster has since discussed the need to challenge anti-trans comedy metro it was important to him to do so.
“First of all, it started off like a lot of comedy routines do, when you see something that’s ridiculous or silly, you want to make a joke of it,” James said.
“I think the attitude of comedians who say they challenge people with their comedy and then hit them is just completely nonsensical because that’s not how challenging people work.
“That was the first thing that got me into making a routine about it, and then I continued the routine because people in your workplace are behaving in a way that isn’t appropriate or acceptable, or you’re against it, it’s probably up to you to talk about it.
“I wouldn’t say I talked about it, but it was other comedians who did stuff like that, so I thought I’d rather not keep my mouth shut about it.”
Finally, we come to The Mash Report star Nish Kumar, who called Gervais’ 2018 Netflix special Humanity a “fucking piece of s**t.”
In his own stand-up routine in 2018, Nish explained, “What he does isn’t fancy or interesting. He seems to think it makes him an offbeat or interesting comedian, it’s not.
“All he is is exactly the same as any other rich white comedian who becomes too successful, runs out of ideas and just gets involved with the latest minority group.
“In the 1970s it was my frigging family, it’s black and ethnic minorities, in the 80s it was gay.
“Trans people are just the last to be hit in the neck by comedians who are tired of trying their jobs.
“I can’t stand there and watch another dog**t comedian say, ‘Oooh, if a woman can identify as a man, I might identify as a chair’ — why not identify as a good comedian, you hack Motherf * *kers!”
Since that clip has resurfaced, it won’t come as a surprise that Piers Morgan hit back at Kumar.
The outspoken former GMB host blasted the ‘woke’ comedian, tweeting: “Watching #SuperNature on @netflix – absolutely outrageous, fabulously offensive, hilariously funny and already infuriating the right people like @MrNishKumar who are too bright, humorless and are stupid to understand the comedy. Brilliant work @rickygervais.”
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