Ricky Gervais' newest Netflix special “SuperNature” drew controversy for explicit jokes directed at the trans community.
In the special that premiered today, Gervais skips no beats, immediately jumping into a bit about the trans community.
“Oh, women! Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those f*cking 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 c*cks. They’re as good as gold, I love them. 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 f*cking bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you f*cking TERF whore?'” Gervais said.
Later on in the special, Gervais goes to clarify that the joke was only a tool for him to talk about the reactionary nature of cancel culture and how it puts comedians, like him, into boxes.
“Full disclosure: 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. But meet me halfway, ladies: Lose the cock. That’s all I’m saying.” he said.
Despite his clarifications, many trans allies are calling to boycott the special.