Elon Musk Defends Ricky Gervais’ Comedy Special Amid ‘Transphobia’ Backlash

Elon Musk Ricky Gervais: The billionaire has defended the comedian after he received backlash for his Netflix comedy special.
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Elon Musk has defended Ricky Gervais’ Netflix comedy special after he received a backlash for his ‘transphobic’ comments. 

The Tesla boss has slammed critics of the SuperNature show, branding them ‘out of touch’.

On Twitter, he penned: “The ‘critics’ seek not to critique, but rather to virtue signal. They are out of touch with the people, and so lose their credibility with the people.”

Listen to one of Ricky Gervais’ controversial jokes in the clip below… 

Gervais began receiving criticism after the joke aired last week.

Speaking about trans women during the programme, he says: “The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c***s. They’re as good as gold, I love them.”

Later on in the sketch, he adds: “Like, the worst thing you can say today – to get you cancelled on Twitter – the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right?’

“Now, no one saw that coming. You won’t find a ten-year-old tweet of someone saying, ‘Women don’t have penises’. You know why? We didn’t think we f***ing had to!”

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After making these ‘jokes,’ the 60-year-old went on to clarify that he does support trans rights and doesn’t mean for his jokes to be offensive, explaining: “Full disclosure, in real-life, of course, I support trans rights. I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life.

“Use your preferred pronoun. Be the gender that you feel that you are but meet me halfway. Ladies, lose the c***s. That’s all I’m saying.”

When discussing his humour on The One Show, Gervais then added: “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. … [A stand-up] starts and they go, ‘What’s he going to say?’ I tell the joke. Phew, they laugh. It’s like a parachute jump – it’s scary, but then you land and it’s all okay.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.