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Ricky Gervais Defends Comedy Special Amid Criticism From LGBT Rights Group

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

09:57 26 May 2022


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Ricky Gervais: SuperNature

On Tuesday, Ricky Gervais' new comedy special SuperNature was released on Netflix.

Shortly after its release, the comedian faced criticism from American LGBT rights group, GLAAD.

They tweeted that the film is, 'full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes.'

 

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As part of a Twitter thread, GLAAD wrote, '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.'

On BBC's The One Show, Ricky explained why he likes to touch on such, "taboo subjects."

He said, "I think that's what comedy is for, really - to get us through stuff, and I deal in taboo subjects because I want to take the audience to a place it hasn't been before, even for a split second."

"Most offence comes from when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target."

In the comedy special, Ricky explained, "he'll take on any view," to make a joke funny.

He insists they don't reflect his own personal views, "Full disclosure, in real life, of course I support trans rights."

"I support all human rights and trans rights are human rights."

"It's mad to think that joking about something means you're anti-it," Ricky said.


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