Ricky Gervais was a subject of controversy recently, as his new show SuperNature, which streamed on Netflix , came under fire from LGBT rights groups. Ricky Gervais isn’t a stranger to controversy, as he is known for getting on stage and joking about matters, which most people would deem, ‘delicate’. His performances as the host of award shows, such as the Golden Globes in particular have drawn a lot of attention towards him. When Ricky Gervais holds a mic, everyone stands on their toes.
In similar fashion, Gervais’s performance in SuperNature also saw him finding humor in subjects such as gender identity and the gay community etc. subjects which would have most comedians tip toeing. Such material prompted GLAAD, one of the leading American LGBT rights group, to deem his show as, ‘dangerous’ for the LGBT community.
GLAAD’s official twitter account stated, “It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes.” GLAAD also expressed their anger over the fact that despite having a policy in place which prevents hateful and violence inciting content from streaming, Netflix is not taking down Gervais’s show. Netflix isn’t a stranger to this kind of reaction from audiences, as recently, they received negative feedback regarding Dave Chappelle’s routine as well, due to claims that his show was transphobic.
However, Ricky Gervais defended his show claiming that the material of his show is not meant to be a deep reflection of the views and values he hold in his own life. Gervais said that joking about taboo subjects is his specialty and he likes to take his audience into areas they haven’t been to in a comedic realm.
“Most offence comes from when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target,” said the co-creator of The Office.
Following that comment, Ricky made it perfectly clear that he is not an anti-anything person and he supports people’s right to self determination, be it their gender, their sexuality or their preferred pronouns, he does not stand against any of it.
“It’s mad to think that joking about something means you’re anti-it,” was Gervais’s final comment.