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“That is What Comedy Is For”

“That is What Comedy Is For”

"That's What Comedy Is For"


Ricky Gervais evidently hasn’t discovered any classes from Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle about behaving himself onstage. Regardless of the backlash he’s obtained for the blatant transphobia in his new Netflix particular SuperNature, the Workplace (UK) star defended his choice to crack jokes about “taboo topics,” saying he thinks “that’s what comedy is for.”

“I feel that’s what comedy is for, actually — to get us by stuff,” Gervais mentioned throughout a latest look on BBC’s The One Present. “I deal in taboo topics as a result of I wish to take the viewers to a spot it hasn’t been earlier than, even for a cut up second. Most offense comes from when individuals mistake the topic of a joke with the precise goal.”

Following SuperNature‘s launch, LGBTQ+ group GLAAD took to Twitter to share their frustration: “It’s filled with graphic, harmful, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes,” they wrote, arguing that Gervais “additionally spouts anti-gay rhetoric and spreads inaccurate details about HIV.”

Gervais went on: “I feel that’s what comedy is for — getting us over taboo topics in order that they’re not scary any extra. So I take care of every part. And I feel we second guess the viewers an excessive amount of.”

For some context: Close to the start of SuperNature, Gervais not solely mocks transgender individuals, however he additionally brings sexual assault into the combination: “I like the brand new girls,” he says. “Those with beards and cocks. They’re nearly as good as gold, I like them. And now the old style ones say, ‘Oh, they wish to use our bathrooms.’ ‘Why shouldn’t they use your bathrooms?’ ‘For girls!’ ‘They’re girls — take a look at their pronouns! What about this individual isn’t a woman?’ ‘Properly, his penis.’ ‘Her penis, you fucking bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you fucking TERF whore?’”

On the finish of SuperNature, nonetheless, Gervais does provide a half-assed try to melt the blow: “In actual life, in fact I assist trans rights. I assist all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Dwell your greatest life. Use your most popular pronouns. Be the gender that you just really feel you’re. However meet me midway, girls. Lose the cock. That’s all I’m saying.” Watch the clip from The One Present beneath.

Gervais isn’t the one funnyman to return below fireplace for attempting to poke enjoyable at transgender individuals lately. Simply earlier this month, Chappelle’s stand-up set at Netflix Is a Joke fest was interrupted when an viewers member tackled him onstage; the assailant later mentioned he was “triggered” by Chappelle’s jokes in regards to the LGBTQ+ group.

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