'If That Was A Joke It Fell Flat': Ricky Gervais Under Fire For Transphobic Tweets
Ricky Gervais has been criticised for making transphobic 'jokes' on Twitter.
The comedian's tweets came after recent backlash against 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling, who has been accused of being a 'TERF' (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) after she voiced support online for Maya Forstater.
Forstater lost her job at a think tank in the UK after expressing her negative views on transgender people, and belief that "it is impossible to change sex".
Gervais responded to a satirical article posted by conservative publication Spectator, which poked fun at members of the trans community who were upset by the Harry Potter author's support of Forstater.
"Those awful biological women can never understand what it must be like for you becoming a lovely lady so late in life," Gervais tweeted in reply to the spoof account @JarvisDupont.
"They take their girly privileges for granted. Winning at female sports and having their own toilets. Well, enough is enough," he continued.
Gervais later replied to a tweet urging him to remember "kindness is magic" doubling down on the stance that trans women aren't women.
"Exactly. We need to protect the rights of women. Not erode them because some men have found a new cunning way to dominate and demonise an entire sex."
The comedian has been criticised heavily online, with one Twitter user asking Gervais to consider the "real harm" that transphobia causes, citing the higher rates of discrimination, harassment and poor mental health that trans people experience.
Gervais then began to claim his comments were "jokes" in a similar vein to his other gags about "AIDS, Cancer, Famine and The Holocaust".
Twitter user @MariaMariley then asked whether Gervais was "telling a joke or taking a stance? Cause if it was a joke it fell flat" to which he responded, "that's why it was free".
Gervais then seemingly stepped back from his earlier tweets, writing that he "wasn't talking about trans people".
The comedian previously came under fire for making jokes about Caitlyn Jenner during his hosting duties at the Golden Globes in 2016.
Gervais is set to host the Globes next month for the fifth time and has warned he won't be holding back.
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