GLAAD Statement on Ricky Gervais’ Netflix Special

“We watched Ricky Gervais’ ‘comedy’ special on Netflix, so you don’t have to.”

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Throughout the special, Ricky made several offensive jokes about trans people. At one point, he actually claimed to “support trans rights” — before ending another joke about trans people.

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“Full disclosure: In real life, of course, I support trans rights,” he said, “I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use the pronouns you like. Be what you think you are. Yeah sex. But meet me halfway, ladies: lose the cock. That’s what I’m going to say.”

People are understandably upset, and this afternoon, GLAAD issued a statement condemning the special a series of tweets.

We watched Ricky Gervais’ “Comedy” special on Netflix, so you don’t have to. It’s full of vivid, dangerous, anti-trans rants disguised as jokes. He also spouted anti-gay rhetoric and spread inaccurate information about HIV. 1/4

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“We watched Ricky Gervais’ ‘comedy’ special on Netflix, so you don’t have to,” the statement began. “It was full of vivid, dangerous, anti-trans rants disguised as jokes. He also made anti-gay remarks and spread inaccurate information about HIV.”

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“Note to Ricky and Netflix: People living with HIV today, when receiving effective treatment, live long, healthy lives without transmitting HIV to others.”

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“Netflix has a policy of not allowing content ‘intended to incite hatred or violence’ on its platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that. While Netflix has some groundbreaking LGBTQ programming, it Refused to enforce its own comedy policy.”

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“The LGBTQ community and our allies have made it clear that the so-called comedians who substitute hate for humor, and the media companies that provide them with platforms, will be held accountable. At the same time, there are plenty of interesting LGBTQ comedians to support.”

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This isn’t the first time Netflix and its comedians whose productions are primarily on Netflix have faced backlash from the GLAAD (and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole) over offensive content.

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In October last year, GLAAD also speak out be opposed to Dave ChappellControversial Netflix Special closerwhich also included anti-trans rhetoric from the comedian.

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GLAAD in a statement then. “we agree.”

Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with mocking transgender people and other marginalized communities. Negative reviews and audience denunciations of his latest special send a message to the industry that audiences don’t support platforming anti-LGBTQ slurs. we agree. https://t.co/yOIyT54819

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