One other Netflix comedy particular is below hearth for anti-trans jokes months after the corporate faced backlash for similar comments during Dave Chappelle’s special in 2021.
British comic Ricky Gervais, who launched his particular “SuperNature” with the streaming big on Tuesday, is dealing with criticism for transphobic remarks he made within the particular. One of many remarks, Variety reported, included a joke about girls with penises.
“Like, the worst factor you possibly can say at the moment, get you cancelled on Twitter, loss of life threats, the worst factor you possibly can say at the moment is, ‘Ladies don’t have penises,’ proper?” Gervais stated. “Now, nobody noticed that coming. You received’t discover a 10-year-old tweet of somebody saying, ‘Ladies don’t have penises.’ You recognize why? We didn’t suppose we fucking needed to.”
Gervais additionally made a joke indicating “old school girls” have wombs whereas new ones have “beards and cocks.”
GLAAD, a corporation that combats anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, issued a press release blasting the content material in Gervais’ particular on Tuesday:
It’s not the primary time Gervais has offended the LGBTQ group. In a 2018 Netflix particular, he mirrored on a transphobic joke aimed toward Caitlyn Jenner that he made throughout a speech on the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, USA Today reported.
“I’m taking part in with the notion of stereotypes,” Gervais stated of the joke in 2018.
Gervais stated that he didn’t change as a lot as Caitlyn Jenner, a trans lady, in a yr’s time and he joked that her automobile crash in 2015, which claimed the lifetime of a 69-year-old lady, didn’t assist stereotypes about girls drivers.
Gervais was additionally slammed for past transphobic tweets, tweets he would later call jokes.
His particular comes lower than a month after Netflix, in a revised firm memo, said it would not “censor specific artists or voices” even when employees members discovered them dangerous.
“In case you discover it exhausting to assist our content material breadth, Netflix is probably not the most effective place for you,” the memo said.
Netflix has come to the defense of artists’ content material despite criticism, and internal protests, within the wake of transphobic remarks made in Chappelle’s particular.