AceShowbiz - Ricky Gervais has landed in hot water for joking about the transgender community in his new Netflix standup special "SuperNature". The comedian has been slammed by GLAAD in response to his insensitive jokes.
"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," the organization tweeted on Tuesday, May 24. The statement continued, "Attention Ricky and Netflix: people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others."
"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," GLAAD added. "While Netflix is home to some groundbreaking LGBTQ shows, it refuses to enforce its own policy in comedy."
The tweet went on saying, "The LGBTQ community and our allies have made it very clear that so-called comedians who spew hate in place of humor, and the media companies who give them a platform, will be held accountable," before concluding, "Meanwhile, there are PLENTY of funny LGBTQ comedians to support."
Near the beginning of the hour-long special, Ricky said, "Oh, women! Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women. You know, the ones with wombs. Those f**king dinosaurs."
"I love the new women. They're great, aren't they? The new ones we've been seeing lately," the 60-year-old comic continued. "The ones with beards and cocks. They're as good as gold, I love them. 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**king bigot!' 'What if he rapes me?' 'What if she rapes you, you f**king TERF whore?' " Ricky added. TERF stands for "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist," a term used to describe feminists who separate the rights of trans women from women's rights in their advocacy.
In the last 20 minutes of "SuperNature", Ricky noted, "Full disclosure: In real life, of course, I support trans rights. I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender that you feel that you are." He added, "But meet me halfway, ladies. Lose the cock. That's all I'm saying."
Many aired their grievances with Ricky over the remarks on Twitter, with one user writing, "Ricky Gervais knows it's easier to be transphobic than to be funny. Bigot comedy is dead easy to perform, you just confirm the hatred of the audience and then you get to go home. No jokes required." Another chimed in, "Ricky Gervais' new Netflix special is nothing more than an anti-trans garbage fire."
"5 minutes in and he's making jokes about trans women attacking & raping people in public bathrooms," another said, alleging of Ricky, "To him we exist only as a punchline, a threat, something less than human." Someone else tweeted, "If you're a comedian and you support trans people it's your responsibility to be speaking out against Dave Chapelle and the new Ricky Gervais special. At this point, you can't call yourself an ally if you're not publicly taking a stand against it. It's the bare minimum."