Ricky Gervais defends ‘taboo humor’ amid anti-trans backlash

He does not bow to the awakened crowd.

Standing firm amid backlash, Ricky Gervais is stepping up his defense of “taboo comedy” amid ongoing social media outrage over a series of jokes in his new Netflix special “SuperNature,” which many online critics have dubbed transphobic.

“I think that’s what comedy is for – to get us over taboo subjects so they’re not scary anymore,” the 60-year-old Emmy winner told BBC One’s The One on Tuesday, the same day his special opened Show”. Netflix. “It’s like skydiving — it’s scary, but then you land and everything’s fine.”

“So I take care of everything. And I think we question the audience too much,” added the controversial British comedian, who said most of the insults come from fans mistaking the joke for the target.

Ricky Gervais defends "taboo humor" amid ongoing backlash over his special.
Ricky Gervais defends ‘taboo humor’ amid ongoing backlash over his special
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His statement followed the release of the comedian’s latest special, SuperNature, in which the comedian mercilessly mocked the trans community.

“I love the new women,” Gervais sneered in one of the inflammatory passages. “You’re great, aren’t you? The new ones we’ve seen lately. The ones with beards and c – – ks. They are as good as gold, I love them.”

The long-running favorite continued, “And now the old-fashioned are like, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ “Why shouldn’t you use your toilets?” ‘For ladies!’

” ‘She are Ladies – look at their pronouns! What about that person who isn’t a lady?’ ‘ added Gervais. “‘Well, his penis.’ ‘Your penis, you f – – king fanatic!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ”

“What if you rape you you f–king TERF w–re?” the comic quipped, referring to the acronym for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist, which is used to refer to people who reject the idea that trans women are real Women are.

"I think that's what comedy is for - to get us over taboo subjects so they're not scary anymore," Gervais told BBC One's The One Show on Tuesday. "It's like skydiving - it's scary, but then you land and everything's fine."
“I think that’s what comedy is for – to get us over taboo subjects so they’re not scary anymore,” Gervais told BBC One’s The One Show on Tuesday. “It’s like skydiving — it’s scary, but then you land and everything’s fine.”
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The Brit closed the show by claiming he’s a big supporter of “trans rights”.

The special sparked outrage in online LGBTQ circles, with commentators accusing the comic of crushing a marginalized community – some even threatening to cancel their Netflix subscription. Meanwhile, US LGBTQ organization GLAAD called the special “dangerous” and “graphic,” adding that the show consists of “anti-trans rants disguised as comedy,” Variety reported.

Despite the backlash, the “Afterlife” creator ultimately believes audiences can handle dark humor.

“Real life is much worse,” Gervais revealed on The One Show. “These are just jokes. They mean nothing. You’re just laughing for an hour or so.”

“That’s why I deal with taboo subjects,” added Gervais, who joked that his ultimate goal was to be removed from the public eye.

Gervais jokes about trans people in "supernatural," which dropped on Netflix yesterday.
Gervais jokes about trans people in “SuperNature,” which released Tuesday on Netflix.
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This isn’t the first time Gervais has gone to the metaphorical gallows for making jokes.

Last week, while promoting “SuperNature” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Extras star claimed that “smart people” are not offended by jokes about AIDS, Hitler and other taboo subjects.

“Smart people know you can handle anything, especially something like irony,” The Office creator told Colbert, 58.

Gervais said he ultimately believes offensive comedy works as a vaccine against the harsh realities of life.

“Humor gets us over bad things,” Gervais explained. “That’s why I laugh at frighteningly bad things. You know, that’s why comedians are obsessed with death, because it gets us through. . . it’s an inoculation for the real things that are going to happen.”

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