After his string of anti-transgender tweets and controversial Golden Globes hosting the party, Ricky Gervais has repeated his hurtful rhetoric and statements, this time with a new comedy special on Netflix.
At the opening of his SuperNature special, the British comedian, actor and director launched an anti-transgender scream, specifically targeting trans women.
“Oh, women! Not all women, I mean old-fashioned women. Old-fashioned women, women with wombs. Those damned dinosaurs. Love new women. They’re cool, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve seen lately. Those with beards and cocks.” It’s as good as gold; I love it,” Jervis said sarcastically.
“And now the old-fashioned people are saying, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.'” Why don’t they use your toilets?” “They are ladies – look at their consciences! How about that person is not a lady?” “Okay, his penis.” “Her penis, you fanatical king!” “What if he rapes me?” “What if I rape you, you bitch of TERF King?”
The cheap jokes continued as Jervis spoke about Kevin Hart, who publicly quit the 2018 Oscars hosting party after his previous anti-gay tweets resurfaced.
“You can’t predict what will be an attack in the future,” Jervis said. “You never know who the dominant mob will be.” Like, the worst thing you can say today, have you been canceled on Twitter, death threats, and the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right? Now, no one saw that coming. I won’t find a 10-year-old tweet Years for someone to say, “Women don’t have penises.” Do you know why? We didn’t think we had to have sex!
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Toward the end of his stand, the comedian tried to explain his jokes and offer his back-of-the-hand support to the transgender community:
Full disclosure: In real life of course, I support trans rights. I stand for all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your favorite pronouns. Be the gender you feel. But meet me halfway, ladies: Check out the rooster. That’s all I say.”
A few hours after it debuted, Gervais’ controversial group elicited a backlash on social media from several passing allies who asserted that such an attack was not comedic material.
1 user ‘Ricky Jervis has a new show on Netflix today’ chirp. “5 minutes later as he makes jokes about trans women attacking and raping people in public restrooms. To him we live only as a mistake, a threat, something less than human.”
“Ricky Gervais New Stand Up Show #SuperNature makes jokes about attacking and raping trans women in public bathrooms”, another user books. “This is not comedy. This makes for bad, cheap stereotypes from a minority group. Please, if you are transgender or support transgender lives, don’t watch this.”
separate user chirp His decision to cancel his subscription to Netflix due to Gervais’ special: “In honor of Ricky Gervais and his 2-4-1 rhetoric on transgender people and abolition of culture, I’m actually canceling. Thanks,” the user wrote, ending his message with the hashtag #TransRightsAreHumanRights.
The history of Gervais’ TERF
Gervais’ anti-transgender statements and views are not a new occurrence. The comedian has been criticized previously in 2016, when he parodied Caitlyn Jenner at the Golden Globes, and in his 2018 Netflix comedy Humanity, in which he once again caught Jenner. In 2019, Jervis was indicted for his series of anti-transgender tweets, which were reportedly in response to Jarvis DuPont’s satirical Twitter account.
“We need to protect women’s rights,” Jervis wrote. One of his tweets. “It does not erode them because some men have found a new, cunning way to control and demonize an entire race.”
He continued, “But if I say something about transphobia, you should report me. Twitter has rules in place to protect against this kind of vile bigotry.” “My account will be closed and you will be proven right and you will save millions of lives. Why don’t you do this?”
Jervis later told The Hollywood Reporter that his comments were “dispelling the wrath of Jarvis DuPont” and other accounts. He also blamed social media critics, noting that people were too quick to deal with blunt jokes.
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“And that’s the problem. You can say, ‘Listen, I was kidding.'” It’s a joke. “But this is not always enough for people.” “They say, Well, why were you kidding?” Add to that the nature of Twitter – it’s so terse, there’s no nuance, it’s forever out of context.”
Netflix and TERFs
Gervais’ “SuperNature” joins the roster of Netflix specials featuring anti-trans comedians, including Gervais’ “Humanity” alongside Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer.” In the latter, the disgraced comedian declared himself “Team TERF”—a reference to radical trans feminists, who do not recognize trans women as “real” women—and made derogatory jokes about trans women’s genitals.
After its premiere, “The Closer” received criticism from transgender activists, allies and Netflix employees, who staged a strike to protest the streaming giant’s choice of content. Despite the outrage, Netflix president Ted Sarandos has offered his support for Chappelle and Comedy, blunt that “on-screen content doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
“With The Closer, we understand that the concern is not about content that is offensive to some but headlines that can increase real-world harm (eg further marginalization of already marginalized groups, hate, violence, etc.),” Sarandos wrote on CNN. “While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that on-screen content does not directly translate into real-world harm.”
With Gervais’ latest special, Netflix has made it clear that it has no problem with transgender comedians and has no problem in providing them with a platform to make enticing statements, which it believes are just “jokes.”
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