’10 good minutes just to go after transgender people’: James Acaster clip resurfaces after Ricky Gervais special
A clip from James Acaster’s 2019 stand-up show, which calls out comedian Ricky Gervais for his jokes about transgender people, has resurfaced on social media.
Gervais’ new Netflix special has been condemned online for a series of jokes targeting the trans community.
Viewers described the star’s show, SuperNature, as “toxic” and “transphobic” following its release on Tuesday, May 24. Read quotes from the show here.
As fans and critics discuss SuperNaturemany shared a clip from Acaster’s set in which he mocks Gervais for his tendency to defend “freedom of expression” and denounce so-called “cancellation culture”.
A viral tweet following the show’s release said, “Nothing to say about Ricky Gervais that James Acaster hasn’t already said.”
User @ruth_walshe shared a clip from Acaster’s 1999 Cold Lasagna Hate Myself 1999 tour, in which the comedian takes aim at comics who spend much of their sets “going after transgender people.”
In the footage, he can be heard saying, “They say what they want, pissed off comedians. No one tells them what they can and cannot say. They walk straight on stage, sometimes at the head of their promotions, and do a good 10 minutes just to go after transgender people.
“People on the internet get mad about it… the comedian always says, ‘Bad luck, it’s my job, I’m a comedian, I’m here to challenge people. If you don’t like be challenged, don’t watch my show. What’s up guys, is it too hard for you?”
Acaster continues: “Yeah, because you know who’s been waiting a long time for a challenge? The trans community. They let their guard down too long, if you ask me. They’ll all check their privilege on the way home, thanks to you, brave little cis boy.
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“I used to name one of the comedians who was on point, in that routine, but it always got really awkward in the play because apparently it’s 2019, most people are still more happy to laugh at trans people but they’re not comfortable laughing at Ricky Gervais yet. This is the line.
The Independent contacted Gervais’ representative for comment.
In a two-star review for The IndependentNick Hilton wrote of SuperNature“As is all too common these days, the longest riff is reserved for the humiliation of trans people. “Full Disclosure”, [Gervais] reveals towards the end of the show, “in real life, of course, I support trans rights.”
“At this point, there’s a few stray cheers from the naïve few in the audience who think the irony is real, but it’s nothing compared to the peals of laughter and applause when the punchline – a crude joke about gender-affirming surgery – is coming.”
Last week, Gervais opened up about why he thinks people find his jokes offensive.
“People get offended when they confuse the subject of the joke with the real target and smart people know you can deal with anything, especially when it comes to something like irony” , Office creator told Stephen Colbert.
Netflix has previously come under fire for its decision to air content described by critics as transphobic, including in the case of comedian Dave Chappelle.
Chappelle’s specials for the streaming service have also been criticized for jokes targeting trans people. Netflix employees staged a strike last year in protest, with the employee who first criticized the company eventually resigning over the incident.