Ricky Gervais’ New Special Has Been On Netflix For Mere Hours, Is Already Pissing Off Tons Of People Due To LGBTQ Jokes

Ricky Geravis' 'SuperNature' Facing Backlash For Trans Jokes

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  • Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix special SuperNature was released on Tuesday, May 24.
  • The special is already at the center of controversy due to its jokes about trans people.
  • The backlash is reminiscent of what happened to Dave Chappelle last fall.

While Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix comedy special SuperNature has only been on the streaming service for a few hours, it’s already been long enough that some people are taking issue with Gervais’ jokes about the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans people.

Relatively early in his latest special, Gervais — who famously created the original U.K. version of The Office — begins his joke about the trans community.

Ricky Gervais facing backlash for jokes about trans community in new Netflix special SuperNature

“Oh, women! Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those f—ing 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 c—s,” Gervais says.

“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 f—ing bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you f—ing TERF whore?’”

TERF, which is a phrase that has been associated with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, stands for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist and represents people who don’t believe that trans women are women.

At the end of SuperNature, Gervais clarified that he does claim to support the rights of trans people:

“Full disclosure: In real life of course I support trans rights,” Gervais says. “I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender that you feel you are. But meet me halfway, ladies. Lose the c–k. That’s all I’m saying.”

The backlash to Gervais’ special is similar to that of Dave Chappelle, who saw the release of his 2021 special The Closer result in people calling for Netflix to remove him and his work from the streaming service. Netflix ultimately stood by Chappelle and his right to “artistic expression.”

Responses to Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix special SuperNature