Ricky Gervais defends ‘taboo’ jokes after backlash over Netflix special SuperNature: ‘They don’t mean anything’

Ricky Gervais has defended his right to joke about “taboo subjects” after facing backlash over his latest stand-up special.

On Tuesday (May 24th), The office Creator’s new special super nature was released on Netflix.

It was condemned for an opening series of jokes aimed at transgender people. The LGBTQ+ advocacy group GLAAD described Gervais’ comments as “dangerous anti-transants disguised as jokes”.

Appears on The One Show On Tuesday (May 24), promoting the special, Gervais was asked if he could make his audience “feel uneasy.”

“I think that’s what comedy is really for, getting us through stuff and ideally, taboo subjects, because I want to take the audience to a place that they’ve never been before, even for a split second,” he said.

“Most offenses come from people confusing the subject of a joke with the actual goal. So it starts, they say, ‘What’s he going to say?’ I tell the joke. phew They laugh.”

He continued: “It’s like skydiving. It’s scary, but then you land and everything is fine. And I think that’s what comedy is for, getting us over taboo subjects. You are no longer scary. So I take care of everything.”

Gervais then said that comedians were often mired in “guessing twice” the audience before comparing his stand-up to his Netflix series After the live.

Gervais explained his stance on ‘The One Show’

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“Even in narrative things like After the live, people say, ‘The audience hates this.’ Of course you can. Real life is way worse. These are just jokes. They mean nothing. They’re just for you to laugh for an hour or so. Therefore ideally taboo topics.”

In its two-star rating of super nature to theThe IndependentHis critic Nick Hilton wrote, “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 trans 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.”

In the course of the publication of super naturea clip from Stand Up James Acaster’s 2019 special that has resurfaced online Cold Lasagna Hate Me 1999in which he targets comics that spend large chunks of their sets “sucking up transgender people.”

“I used to name one of the comedians who was in this routine but it always got very awkward in the room because apparently most people in 2019 are still more than happy to laugh at trans people but are uncomfortable laughing at her Ricky Gervais yet. That’s the line,” he jokes.

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