A clip from Nish Kumar’s 2019 stand-up show criticizing fellow comedian Ricky Gervais for his jokes about transgender people has resurfaced on social media.
Gervais’ new Netflix special has been condemned online for a series of statements targeting the trans community.
Viewers have described the star’s show, super nature, as “toxic” and “transphobic” after its release on Tuesday (May 24). Read quotes from the show here.
Fans and critics discuss it super natureMany shared a clip from Kumar’s 2019 show It is in your nature to self-destruct Part 2in which he checks Gervais by name and calls on him to “choose the newest minority group”.
“Guys, why is everyone so mad at trans people?” he asks. “What did you do? There are about 12 of them, why is everyone so upset? Everyone says do you say ‘he’ or ‘she’? I don’t know, you ask. It’s not an unsolvable mystery.
“Also, in my experience, trans people aren’t intentionally mysterious if you ask…”
After delving a little into the debate over trans women’s use of women’s restrooms, he continues, “F*** Ricky Gervais. F*** Ricky Gervais. What he does isn’t fancy or interesting… he’s the same as every other rich white comedian who becomes too successful, runs out of ideas and decides to screw the newest minority.
“In the 1970s it was my fucking family, black and ethnic minorities, in the 80s it was gay. Trans people are just the last to get it in the neck from comedians who are tired of trying their jobs.”
He continues, “I can’t stand here and watch another doggy comedian say, ‘If a woman can identify as a man, maybe I’ll identify as a chair.’ Why don’t you identify as a good comedian, you hack motherf***er?”
Read The Independent‘s interview with Kumar here, in which he spoke about facing abuse and why it’s time to end the conversation about abandonment culture.
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Kumar’s name was trending thanks to the 2019 clip on Twitter, which follows another resurfaced clip of comedian James Acaster criticizing Gervais.
The Independent has reached out to Gervais’ representative for comment.
In a two star rating for The Independentwrote Nick Hilton super nature: “As is all too common these days, the longest riff is reserved for the humiliation of trans people. ‘Full Disclosure,’ [Gervais] reveals towards the end of the show: “In real life, of course, I support the rights of transgender people.”
“At this point, there are a few stray cheers from the naïve few in the audience who believe the irony is genuine, but that’s nothing compared to the roar of laughter and applause when the punchline — a blatant joke about operations at Sex determination – arrives.”
Last week, Gervais discussed why he thinks people find his jokes offensive.
“People get offended when they confuse the subject of the joke with the actual goal, and smart people know you can handle anything, especially when it involves something like irony.” The office Creator said Stephen Colbert.
Netflix has previously been criticized for its decision to release content that critics have called transphobic, particularly in the case of comedian Dave Chappelle.
Chappelle’s specials for the streaming service have also been criticized for jokes targeting trans people. Netflix employees went on strike in protest last year, with the employee who first criticized the company eventually resigning over the incident.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/ricky-gervais-nish-kumar-transgender-b2087932.html ‘F*** Ricky Gervais’: Nish Kumar clip resurfaces after comedian’s controversial Netflix special