- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ricky Gervais took to Twitter Tuesday to defend himself against allegations of transphobia after he made a joke about Caitlyn Jenner while hosting the Golden Globe Awards.

Before even taking the stage Sunday night, the 54-year-old comedian knew what he was in for: “Can’t wait for people to start reporting that I offended some people at The Golden Globes. Of course I [expletive] did,” he tweeted to his 10.5 million followers.

Mr. Gervais faced considerable backlash after he referred to Caitlyn Jenner by her former name, Bruce, and joked about her car accident last year that left a woman dead.

“I’m gonna be nice tonight,” Mr. Gervais said during Sunday night’s awards ceremony. “I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously … now Caitlyn Jenner. 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 you?”

Mr. Gervais later said on Twitter that the joke “wasn’t transphobic in the slightest. It was a joke about a transgender person’s driving.”



“Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,” he argued.

“You have every right to be offended. Just don’t cry when no one cares,” Mr. Gervais added. “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.”

“If jokes caused the easily offended to bleed internally, I’d do more stand up,” Mr. Gervais joked. “Outrage is the comedian’s alchemy.”

“I made a joke about Caitlyn Jenner killing someone in her car. I’m #TransportPhobic,” he added.

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