Gender ruck: Ricky Gervais and Netflix push the trans envelope again
Hot on the heels of the Dave Chappelle storm, Gervais’s comedy special ‘SuperNature’ is slammed by LGBTQ groups
Less than a year after employees at Netflix staged a walkout in response to a Dave Chappelle stand-up special, the streaming giant has released another programme in which a major comedian — this time Ricky Gervais — makes jokes at the expense of transgender people.
The special, titled SuperNature, debuted on the platform on Tuesday. Roughly four minutes into the programme, Gervais begins talking about transgender women, as well as their pronouns and bodies.
“The one thing you mustn’t joke about is identity politics,” Gervais says in the special. “The one thing you should never joke about is the ‘trans issue’. They just want to be treated equally. Right, that’s why I include them.”..