Netflix's Ricky Gervais Comedy Special Mocks Trans People

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday May 29, 2022
Originally published on May 24, 2022

Ricky Gervais in his latest Netflix special
Ricky Gervais in his latest Netflix special  (Source:Netflix)

Comedian Ricky Gervais' new Netflix comedy special "SuperNature," is drawing criticism for courting controversy with graphic and hurtful transphobic jokes.

As Variety reported, Gervais goes into transphobia a mere four minutes into the special and talks about "cancel culture," seemingly with the expectation that he will be canceled after people watch the special.

"Oh, women!" he starts. "Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those fucking 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 cocks."

The comedian then goes to talk about rape and drops in a few references to TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) for good measure.

As shocking as it all seems, it also comes off as a callous move on Gervais' part just for clicks. Trans lives shouldn't be a target just to drum up press for TV, wrote many social media users.

"if you're a comedian and you support trans people it's your responsibility to be speaking out against dave chapelle and the new ricky gervais special. at this point you can't call yourself an ally if you're not publicly taking a stand against it. it's the bare minimum," wrote social media user @moominmarxist.

"Ricky Gervais is a disgrace, he is going to cause hate crime and ultimately the death of Trans folk," wrote another user that goes by @DrAmRoberts. "Anyone who needs to vilify minorities to get a laugh is the most evil hateful soul and seriously needs mental help."

Netflix's relationship with the LGBTQ community has been in a tailspin as of late. The streaming giant said it stood behind Dave Chappelle's controversial "The Closure," despite it alienating its LGBTQ audience base with overtly transphobic material.

Then, after the streaming giant pledged to make content with diverse voices and perspectives, it recently laid off hundreds of employees, including the teams heading up its diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.

"You can't predict what will be offensive in the future," Gervais said during his special. But Gervais doesn't need a crystal ball to see that he's not helping, but hurting, the people he claims to "support."