‘I’m Transportphobic!’ Ricky Gervais defends Caitlyn Jenner jokes
Ricky Gervais has defended jokes he made about Caitlyn Jenner – insisting he did not mock the former Olympian for being trans.
The comedian hosted the Golden Globe awards earlier this week – but his comic routine during the event led to many people complaining online.
He had joked: “I’ve changed. Well, not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously – now Caitlyn Jenner.
he said.He went on to reference Jenner’s driving ability, after she was involved in a car crash that killed one person and injured seven.
“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 do everything.”
The comedian – who also mocked Roman Polanski over child sex abuse allegations and tore into actor Mel Gibson – has now defended his joke.
He said: “I made a joke about Caitlyn Jenner killing someone in her car. I’m #TransportPhobic.
“Do people not realise that when they say they are offended by a joke it makes that joke even funnier for the rest of us.
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“If jokes caused the easily offended to bleed internally, I’d do more stand up.”
Gervais posted public replies to a number of tweets about the incident – strangely including to people who had not directed their complaints at his account in the first place, suggesting he searched his own name to find their comments.
He continued: “Don’t offended people realise they are doing my marketing for me.”
As well as joking about Jenner during his routine, he went on to discuss the Golden Globe-winning series Transparent – paying particular attention to lead actor Jeffrey Tambor, who looked bemused by Gervais’ efforts.
“What an actor, what a role. Every day, he has to put on all that women’s clothes and the hair and makeup and let people film it.
“That takes balls. So, I don’t know how he does it. I really don’t. I’ve seen his balls. They are huge and long.”