Ricky Gervais Under Fire for Making Transphobic Jokes in Latest Netflix Special SuperNature

Ricky Gervais has come under fire for making anti-trans jokes in his latest Netflix special, SuperNature. This isn’t the first time the outspoken British comedian has come under attack for his jokes, but SuperNature is proving to be Gervais’ most controversial special yet. And it’s only been out for a day.

Gervais has consistently faced backlash for his jokes, whether they’re in his specials, award show presentations, or even in his tweets. The Afterlife star just can’t stay away from controversy, and he is not one to apologize or back down either. In fact, Gervais seems to be more offensive than ever in SuperNature, his first Netflix special since 2018’s Humanity, as he jokes about everything from Louis C.K., cancel culture, to religion.


Not pulling any punches in SuperNature, Gervais immediately begins the show by addressing his cheering audience as “c**ts” to shut them up. And after a brief lesson on identifying irony, using the “women aren’t funny” trope, Gervais proceeds to joke about pronouns and ladies with penises. And barely 5 minutes into the special, he recites the material that is at the root of the criticism he’s facing.

“I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and co**s. They’re as good as gold, I love them. And now the old-fashioned ones say, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’ ‘Why shouldn’t they use your toilets?’ ‘For ladies!’ ‘They are ladies — look at their pronouns! What about this person isn’t a lady?’ ‘Well, his penis.’ ‘HER penis, you f*****g bigot!’ ‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if SHE rapes you, you f****g TERF whore?'”

Soon after the premiere of SuperNature, viewers took to Twitter to voice their disappointment, with many expressing their concerns that Gervais’ harmful rhetoric could lead to more violence and hate against trans people.

GLAAD, which serves to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ community in media, also released a statement blasting Gervais and Netflix.

“We watched the Ricky Gervais ‘comedy’ special on Netflix so you don’t have to. It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes. He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric & spreads inaccurate information about HIV. Attention Ricky and Netflix: people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others.

Netflix has a policy that content ‘designed to incite hate or violence’ is not allowed on their platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that. While Netflix is home to some groundbreaking LGBTQ shows, it refuses to enforce its own policy in comedy. 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.”

Netflix Declared It Stands for Creative Freedom and Will Not Censor Any Artist


Protests against transphobia and offensive jokes in general that punch down on marginalized groups have been rising lately. Apart from Gervais, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, and Jimmy Carr are a few comedians who’ve come under fire recently for their harmful comedy. And many such comedians are under contract with Netflix, the streamer, which is home to several diverse, LGBTQ+ friendly shows like Sex Education and Heartstopper.

However, Gervais and Chappelle’s specials are some of the most-watched titles on Netflix, and the company has a longstanding relationship with them. As such, Netflix openly supported Chappelle and refused to take down The Closer when staff members organized walkouts in protest last October. Netflix has released new guidelines for employees now that state that if they find the content offensive, they are free to leave the company and that Netflix won’t ever censor any artists.