Ricky Gervais Criticized for New Netflix Special Over Trans Women Jokes

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Ricky Gervais’ new stand-up special, SuperNature, has gathered adverse reactions from the LGBTQ+ community only hours following its release on Netflix. 

The British comedian who has caused controversy with his jokes about trans women in the early scenes of this show is facing intense criticism from social media users.

“Ugh, women. Not all women; I mean the old-fashioned ones, the old-fashioned women, you know, the ones with wombs. Those f—ing dinosaurs,” Gervais states in the show’s first five minutes. 

“I love the new women. I knew the new women, I know there are new women, they’re great, aren’t they? The new ones, the ones with beards and c—ks. They’re as good as gold, I love them.” 

He touched on the topic of public bathrooms, which have long been an issue for trans women, taking their pronouns to mockery in the process: “They are ladies, look at their pronounce,” he elaborates, stressing that “his penis” is just the thing about “this person” that “isn’t a lady.” 

“‘What if he rapes me?’” Gervais asks. “What if she rapes you, you f—king TERF whore.” 

“5 minutes in, and he’s making jokes about trans women attacking & raping people in public bathrooms,” a Twitter user posted after the special’s release. “To him, we exist only as a punchline, a threat, something less than human.” 

The Independent’s review said that Gervais’ jokes were made for the humiliation of trans people.

“If you support Ricky Gervais in ANY WAY, you are not an ally of trans people,” another Twitter user wrote. “You are not an ally of mine.” 

While others backed Gervais’ remarks as a parody of what they called “nonsense” in liberal ideologies, LGBTQ+ community allies were firm in calling the comedian’s jokes archaic. 

“Every single day, I log into twitter and see more nuanced and original comedy from trans girls s— posting than I’ve ever seen from Comedians like Ricky Gervais throughout their entire career,” another user tweeted. “I’m starting to suspect they’re the ones that don’t understand comedy.” 

Some media outlets have asked Gervais and Netflix for comments about the matter.