The oft-profane comedian Ricky Gervais is drawing the ire of the left with his latest Netflix special.
In the new stand-up show, “Ricky Gervais: SuperNature,” the English celebrity made explicit jokes about the transgender movement, pointing to the confounding nature of claims that clearly contradict scientific fact.
“Women — I mean, the old-fashioned women,” Gervais began. “You know, the one with wombs. Those [expletive] dinosaurs! I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and [expletive]. … They’re as good as gold. I love them.”
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“And now the old-fashioned ones say, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets,’ ‘Why shouldn’t they use your toilets?’ ‘For ladies!’ ‘They are ladies — look at their pronouns! What about this person isn’t a lady?’ ‘Well, his penis.’ ‘Her penis, you [expletive] bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you [expletive] TERF [expletive]?'” he added.
Gervais also took shots at today’s overly sensitive culture, noting it’s almost impossible to “predict what will be offensive in the future” because “you don’t know who the dominant mob will be.”
“Like, the worst thing you can say today, get you canceled on Twitter, death threats, the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right?” he explained. “Now, no one saw that coming. You won’t find a 10-year-old tweet of someone saying, ‘Women don’t have penises.’ You know why? We didn’t think we [expletive] had to!”
Despite his jokes, Gervais ended his routine by telling the studio audience he does support transgenderism.
“In real life, of course, I support trans rights,” the comedian said. “I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender that you feel that you are.”
Nevertheless, Gervais was met with strong condemnation from pro-LGBT groups.
GLAAD wrote in a Twitter thread published Tuesday morning that the 60-year-old celebrity’s series of quips were “dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes.”
“We watched the Ricky Gervais ‘comedy’ special on Netflix so you don’t have to,” stated the organization. “It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes. He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric [and] spreads inaccurate information about HIV.”
“Netflix has a policy that content ‘designed to incite hate or violence’ is not allowed on their platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that,” the statement continued. “While Netflix is home to some groundbreaking LGBTQ shows, it refuses to enforce its own policy in comedy.”
The release of Gervais’ special comes roughly a week after Netflix sent an internal memo to employees, telling them the streaming company will not censor or end partnerships with entertainers simply because some staffers find their work personally offensive.
“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” read the memo, which, as CBN’s Faithwire previously reported, is in a new “artistic expression” section of the company policy.
Netflix updated its policy in the wake of employees rebuking the entertainment platform for partnering with comedian Dave Chapelle, who made jokes some deemed “transphobic” in his latest Netflix special “The Closer.”
The company informed employees in the memo that they may be required to work on projects they personally “perceive to be harmful” and, if such work is too emotionally difficult for them to do, it might behoove them to find work elsewhere.
“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view,” reads the statement. “So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative.”
“We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with,” it continues, adding, “We let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”
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