Ricky Gervais draws backlash for jokes about transgender people in new Netflix special

A week before the start of Pride Month, comedian Ricky Gervais is being criticized for his new stand-up special, in which he mocks transgender women and the debate around bathroom access.

스페셜, 전화 “SuperNature,” debuted Tuesday on Netflix.
A few minutes into the set, Gervais describes reading a comment from somebody calling himas funny as a fart at a baby’s funeral,” and transitions to a joke about women. 거기에서, he clarifies: “The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs.
    He goes on to reference debates about bathroom access.
      And now the old-fashioned ones say, '오, they want to use our toilets.‘Why shouldn’t they use your toilets?’ ‘For ladies!’ ‘They are ladieslook at their pronouns! What about this person isn’t a lady?’ '잘, his penis.‘Her penis, you f***ing bigot!'”
        Gervais shares his thoughts on cancel culture, 그것을 부르다 “virtue-signaling.Later in the special, the comedian says he supports transgender rights in real life but makes fun of the topic because he makes fun of everything.
        Trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender that you feel that you are,” 그는 말한다. “But meet me halfway, ladies. Lose the c**k.
          Both Gervais and Netflix were met with backlash online within hours of the special’s release, with some calling out Gervaisremarks for being transphobic and the streaming giant for giving them a platform.
          “(SuperNature is) full of graphic, 위험한, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes. He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric & spreads inaccurate information about HIV,” LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD 트위터에 썼다, adding that Netflix was going against its own 수단 of not allowing contentdesigned to incite hate or violence.”
          Netflix did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
          Gervais has been described as an equal-opportunity offender,” a comedian with a previous history of polarizing jokes. And it’s not the first time Netflix has been criticized for giving a platform to transphobic views. Dave Chappelle has made jokes about transgender people in multiple Netflix specials, most recently in late 2021, when he made explicit jokes about the bodies of transgender women in his specialThe Closer.
          Multiple trans rights advocates, including some Netflix employees, and civil rights organizations at the time called on the company to take Chappelle’s special down.
            In a description about its organizational culture, Netflix lays out the company’s position on artistic expression.
            Not everyone will likeor agree witheverything on our service,” reads a statement on the company’s website. “While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.

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