LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD has issued a statement in response to Ricky Gervais’ new stand-up comedy special containing jokes about transgender people.
The special, titled supernature, has been heavily criticized by viewers who have labeled the topic as “toxic” and “transphobic”.
In a statement shared on Twitter on May 24, GLAAD wrote, “We checked out the Ricky Gervais ‘Comedy’ special on Netflix so you don’t have to. It’s full of graphic, dangerous anti-trans rants disguised as jokes. He also disseminates anti-gay rhetoric and disseminates inaccurate information about HIV.
“Attention Ricky and Netflix: People living with HIV today, with effective treatment, live long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others.”
It continued, “Netflix has a policy that content intended to incite hatred or violence is not allowed on their platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does just that. While Netflix is home to some groundbreaking LGBTQ shows, it refuses to enforce its own policies on comedy.
“The LGBTQ community and our allies have made it very clear that so-called comedians who spread hate instead of humor and the media companies that give them a platform will be held accountable. There are now LOTS of funny LGBTQ comedians to support.”
Netflix and Gervais representatives did not immediately respond that of the independent Request for comments.
In one of the clips from the special, which circulated on social media, Gervais 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***s. They are as good as gold, I love them.”
Then he imagines a conversation between two people. “And now the old-fashioned are saying, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ “Why shouldn’t you use your toilets?” ‘For ladies!’ ‘She are Ladies – look at their pronouns! What about that person who isn’t a lady?’ “Well, his penis.” ‘she Penis, you bloody fanatic!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if you raping you, you fucking TERF w****?’”
In its two-star rating for The IndependentNick Hilton wrote, “As is all too common these days, the longest riff is reserved for trans humiliation.”
Gervais has received support from at least one ally, Piers Morgan. Morgan congratulated Gervais on the show, which he described as “absolutely outrageous, fabulously offensive, incredibly funny and already infuriating the right people.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/ricky-gervais-netflix-glaad-trans-supernature-b2086547.html GLAAD calls Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix special ‘dangerous anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes’