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Ricky Gervais’ New Netflix Special SuperNature Also Super Transphobic

He suggested trans women are rapists and mocked trans rights activists

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SuperNature (Netflix)
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    Ricky Gervais, the comedian who gained fame by lampooning the sexism, homophobia, and overall incompetence of corporate America, has reinvented himself as Ricky Gervais, Genital Understander. He has a new Netflix special out now, and to the surprise of no one, SuperNature is also super transphobic.

    “Oh, women!” he says less than five minutes after he began (via Variety). “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. 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 fucking bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you fucking TERF whore?’”

    He’s talking about Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs), and while he doesn’t self-identify with the label, he has several things in common with other famous people who do, such as J.K. Rowling and Dave Chappelle. To start, the 60-year-old is railing against the activism of younger generations he does not understand. He’s also obsessed with trans women, with no thought for trans men, and disproportionately focused on the potential for trans women to commit sexual violence, despite there being no evidence that the group is responsible for more crimes than cisgendered men. On the contrary, trans people are sexually assaulted up to 66% more than the general population, making insinuations that trans women are themselves latent rapists especially insulting.

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    “You can’t predict what will be offensive in the future,” Gervais said later. “You don’t know who the dominant mob will be. Like, the worst thing you can say today, get you cancelled on Twitter, death threats, the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right? Now, no one saw that coming. You won’t find a ten year old tweet saying ‘Women don’t have penises.’ You know why? We didn’t think we fucking had to!”

    Here, he displays his ignorance about the history of gender fluidity. Gender transformations are a staple of Ancient Greek texts and a theme in several of Shakespeare’s plays, besides being present in African, Eastern, Western, and Indigenous myths. These ideas aren’t new; they’re as old as being human.

    Like Rowling, Gervais tried to frame himself as a trans ally while also reserving the right to disparage the trans community. “Full disclosure: In real life of course I support trans rights. I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights,” he said. “Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender that you feel you are. But meet me halfway, ladies. Lose the cock. That’s all I’m saying.”

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    Update: The LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD has issued a statement condemning Gervais and Netflix. “We watched the Ricky Gervais ‘comedy’ special on Netflix so you don’t have to. It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes. He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric and spreads inaccurate information about HIV,” GLAAD wrote.

    “Netflix has a policy that content ‘designed to incite hate or violence’ is not allowed on their platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that. While Netflix is home to some groundbreaking LGBTQ shows, it refuses to enforce its own policy in comedy. The LGBTQ community and our allies have made it very clear that so-called comedians who spew hate in place of humor, and the media companies who give them a platform, will be held accountable. Meanwhile, there are PLENTY of funny LGBTQ comedians to support.”

    Last week, Gervais seemed to anticipate the backlash to SuperNature when he claimed that “smart people” are less easily offended. In December, he predicted that “the younger generation will “not be woke enough for the next generation.”

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    As for Rowling, she’s currently campaigning against a proposed Scottish law that would reduce red tape for the trans community, on the grounds that doing so would somehow lead to more sexual assaults. Meanwhile, Chappelle was recently attacked on stage, with the alleged assailant explaining that “what [Chappelle] said was triggering.”

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