Ricky Gervais isn’t backing down from criticism that a joke he told at Sunday night’s Golden Globes was transphobic.
“Suggesting a joke about Caitlin [sic] Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,” Gervais wrote on Twitter.
During his monologue, Gervais mocked Jenner, who came out as transgender last year.
“I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed — not as much as Bruce Jenner. Obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course,” Gervais said on Sunday night. “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 have everything, can ya? Not at the same time.” (A car accident involving Jenner last February left one woman dead.)
Gervais also took aim at Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a trans woman on Transparent. “The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press said if I say anything offensive, or crass, or resort to innuendo, he’s going to personally come out here and ‘pull me off,'” Gervais said. “So that’s an offer I couldn’t refuse. Yes, yes, that is the level — an old man pulling me off. Again. At least Jeffrey Tambor did it in a dress.”
Speaking to BuzzFeed about Gervais’ trans comments, Transparent creator Jill Soloway said, “I know his thing is to make fun of everything, but I think if more people understood the violence trans people face every day, it would be harder to make jokes about it.”
On Tuesday, Gervais wrote that people have “every right to be offended” by his material. “Just don’t cry when no one cares,” he added. Gervais also remarked that hosting the Golden Globes this year made him want to do a new stand-up comedy show in 2017. “Now THAT’S when you’re allowed to be offended. You whiney c—s,” he wrote, alongside a smiley face emoticon.
“Do people not realize that when they say they are offended by a joke it makes that joke even funnier for the rest of us,” Gervais wrote.