A transgender Twitter user who says they were blocked by Ricky Gervais has reminded the comedian of the irony of him not being able to take a joke, after backlash from his special SuperNature.
Gervais’ new stand-up show launched on Netflix this week, slapped with an 18 rating and a warning that it contained ‘language, crude humour’ and ‘discrimination’.
Gags in the one-off include saying that ‘old-fashioned women’ are ‘the ones with wombs’ as well as joking about transitioning to ‘Vicky Gervais.’
While he does pledge his support for trans rights elsewhere in the special, he added that in his view, ‘it’s mad to think joking about something means you’re anti-it.’
After receiving backlash from many, he hit out at those who couldn’t take a joke.
But Gervais is accused of not being able to handle being on the receiving end, after blocking Twitter users aiming jokes at him.
Twitter user Alejandra Caraballo, who is a transgender woman, noticed she’d been censored by the comedian, despite saying she’d never tagged him in her tweets.
Shared with screengrabs showing Ricky’s actions, as well as her gag, she commented: ‘Ricky Gervais can dish it but he can’t take it.
‘He’s such a thin-skinned little b***h that searches his own name and blocks anyone mocking him on Twitter.
‘He proved my tweet right. ‘What’s the matter, Ricky? Too challenging for ya?’ she asked.
She showed her followers the tweet in question, where she joked: ‘Ricky Gervais is like a d**k, he shows up on your phone unwanted, acts big and hard talking about trans people but is way smaller in real life and can’t handle getting bent by people calling him out on social media.’
Others have shared similar stories in the replies, where Gervais had apparently done the same thing.
Earlier this week, the jokes in question were accused of ‘dangerous’ material by an American LGBT rights group, while charity Stonewall accused him of ‘making fun of trans people’.
Chatting during an appearance on The One Show this week, he defended himself to presenters Alex Jones and He said: ‘Well, I think that’s what comedy is for, really – to get us through stuff, and I deal in taboo subjects because I want to take the audience to a place it hasn’t been before, even for a split second.
‘Most offence comes from when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target.’
He added: ‘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.’
SuperNature can be streamed on Netflix now.Credit: Source