Another Netflix comedy special is under fire for anti-trans jokes months after the company faced backlash for similar comments on Dave Chappelle’s 2021 special.
British comedian Ricky Gervais, who released his “SuperNature” special with the streaming giant on Tuesday, is facing criticism for transphobic remarks he made in the special. One of the remarks, Variety reported, included a joke about women with penises.
“For example, the worst thing you can say today, getting canceled on Twitter, death threats, the worst thing you can say today is ‘Women don’t have penises’ , is not it?” said Gervais. “Now no one saw that coming. You won’t find a 10-year-old tweet from someone saying, “Women don’t have penises.” You know why? We didn’t think we had to.
Gervais also made a joke stating that “old-fashioned women” have wombs while new ones have “beards and dicks”.
GLAAD, an organization that combats anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, released a statement on Tuesday lambasting the content of Gervais’ special:
This isn’t the first time Gervais has offended the LGBTQ community. In a 2018 Netflix special, he opened up about a transphobic joke aimed at Caitlyn Jenner he made during a speech at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, USA Today reported.
“I play with the notion of stereotypes,” Gervais said of the joke in 2018.
Gervais said he hasn’t changed as much as Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, in a year and he joked that his car accident in 2015, which claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman, n stereotypes about female drivers didn’t help.
His special comes less than a month after Netflix, in a revised memo, said it would “not censor specific artists or voices” even if staff members find them harmful.
“If you’re struggling to support the breadth of our content, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo reads.
Netflix has come to the defense of artists’ content despite internal criticism and protests, following transphobic remarks made in Chappelle’s special.