A clip of James Acaster calling out Ricky Gervais during his stand-up show has resurfaced after Gervais received backlash for making a trans joke in his new Netflix special.
A video from Acaster’s 2019 tour is making the rounds on Twitter where he calls out comedians, including the After Life writer for making jokes about the trans community.
The clip resurfaces
In the video, which is from his 2019 Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 tour, he takes aim at ‘edgy’ comedians reliant on slagging off transgender people’.
He said: ‘If people on the internet get upset about it, the comedian’s always like: ‘Bad luck! That’s my job. I’m a stand-up comedian, I’m meant to challenge people. If you don’t like being challenged, don’t watch my shows. What’s the matter guys, too challenging for you?’
‘Because you know who’s long been overdue a challenge? The trans community! They’ve had their guard down for too long, if you ask me. They’ll be checking their privilege on the way home now thanks to you, ya brave little cis boy!’
At the end of the clip he calls out Gervais saying: ‘Apparently, in 2019, most people are still more than happy to laugh at transgender people – not as comfortable laughing at Ricky Gervais yet, I discovered.’
What did Ricky Gervais say?
Now it’s doing the rounds on Twitter in response to Gervais’ latest Netflix special, Supernature, where the actor and comedian made jokes about trans people.
During his routine, he said: ‘Oh, women. Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those fucking dinosaurs. I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c*cks.’
Gervais then briefly mentions Kevin Hart having to step down from hosting the Oscars for homophobic remarks, before going on to make more jokes about trans people.
Gervais faces backlash
Since then the 60-year-old has received massive amounts of backlash from people who’re hurt and offended by the jokes he made.