Comedian Ricky Gervais hits back at critics for 'transphobic' jokes

British comedian Ricky Gervais has hit back at critics after his new Netflix special was deemed "transphobic".

The comedian's Netflix special SuperNature has jokes about transgender people, Adolf Hilter, and AIDS.

Twitter users were not impressed with his jokes and found the special to be incredibly transphobic.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organisation (GLAAD) tweeted: "We watched the Ricky Gervais 'comedy' special on Netflix so you don’t have to.

"It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes," they continued. "He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric & spreads inaccurate information about HIV."

At the start of his opening monologue, Gervais talks to the crowd about old-fashioned women with wombs.

"'Ah women. Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned women, you know the ones with wombs? Those f***ing dinosaurs."

Some viewers took a liking to the bold approach to addressing topics like sexuality and gender identity.

The Daily Mail reported one viewer said: "I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud as much at a stand-up show as I am currently at SuperNature. Ricky Gervais, absolutely brilliant."

Another said: "Well, the far-left mob is at it again, trying to cancel comedian Ricky Gervais for making jokes about trans people."

Gervais told British magazine The Spectator: "My target wasn't trans folk, but trans activist ideology. I've always confronted dogma that oppresses people and limits freedom of expression."

He also told the UK talk show The One that comedy should be used as a way to get over taboo subjects to make them appear "less scary".

"'I think that's what comedy is for - getting us over taboo subjects so they're not scary anymore. So, I deal with everything. And I think we second guess the audience too much."

In the Netflix special, he also talked about comedian Kevin Hart's decision to not host the 2018 Academy Awards after some homophobic tweets of his resurfaced.

Gervais told the audience: "You can't predict what will be offensive in the future."

The comedian disclosed towards the end of his comedy show that he does support trans rights.

"I support trans rights. I support all human rights and trans rights are human rights."

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