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Dangerous Transphobic Jokes In Ricky Gervais' New Netflix Special Spark Swift Backlash

Dangerous Transphobic Jokes In Ricky Gervais' New Netflix Special Spark Swift Backlash
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The new Netflix comedy special for Ricky Gervais has been seeing backlash due to the comedian’s jokes about the trans community. From the moment the show opens, the comedian takes aim at trans women, laughing at their struggles.

He first jokes about their genitals, calling them “new women” with “beards and c*cks.” It only gets worse from there, with Gervais punching down every chance he gets.

But worse for a comedian than his attempts to shock through bigotry as a replacement for humor, the special is being reviewed as boring and unfunny.

Gervais even reiterated the old transphobic talking points about trans women being a threat to cis women.

He imitates a conversation between hypothetical versions of the two:

“‘[Trans women] are ladies — look at their pronouns! What about this person isn’t a lady?’ ‘Well, his penis.’ ‘Her penis, you f–king bigot!’”
“‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you f**king TERF whore?’”Ricky Gervais' new special was criticized for spreading trans hate and being incredibly unfunny for a $40 million special.

Gervais’s jokes were called tired, hackneyed and contributing to trans hate around the world.

In 2021, violence against trans people reached record highs. This is on the back of comedians making unfunny jokes and certain popular authors voicing their hate.

The general consensus is the special isn’t even good.

Netflix paid $40 million to Gervais to make outdated jokes about trans people, prop up a bigoted outlook, and he couldn’t even be funny while doing it.

Later in the routine, Gervais says:

“In real life of course I support trans rights. 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.”

Immediately after, he tells trans women they should “lose the c*ck” and meet him halfway.