Ricky Gervais Loves That You're Offended By His Trans Jokes

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Ricky Gervais is not sorry about his unfunny Caitlyn Jenner jokes during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. Why should he be? He’s Ricky Gervais.


During his predictably obnoxious monologue, Gervais did a bit on Caitlyn, telling the audience: “I’ve changed, not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously.” If the basis of the joke is that the existence of trans people is funny, the joke is lame.

He also said on stage, “What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t do everything.” Perhaps not the worst joke, but definitely a tired one.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the actor/comedian—sticking to being dutifully offensive for better or worse—defended his routine (“I’m Ricky Gervais” is his argument) and dismissed the implication that the jokes were transphobic.


He then practiced a little self-love.


Or no one will care.

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He just wasn’t very funny, unfortunately. He’s really lost a lot of appeal in recent years. I don’t think Caitlyn Jenner jokes are off the table at all, though I think it’s in poor taste to start by saying Bruce Jenner. Still, I didn’t find him terribly offensive at any point. Just kind of sad.