Ricky Gervais should be praised, not punished for taboo comedy routine

Ricky Gervais shouldn’t be canceled for his new comedy special on Netflix; rather, he should be knighted by the Queen of England, wrote Sarah Vine in an opinion piece for the Daily Mail.

The star and co-creator/writer of the original British mockumentary sitcom “The Office” is one of the few comedians willing to take on the nonsensical nature of leftism, and he does so in expert fashion.

His most recent special, “SuperNature,” includes a number of comedic haymakers that relentlessly pummel woke culture.

“Every conceivable boundary you could ever imagine, as well as many you probably can’t, is pushed to the absolute limit, Gervais observing with unalloyed amusement the shock and delight of the audience,” Vine said of the hour-long special.

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The writer warns that Gervais’s act is not for those offended by profanity-laced insult comedy, or profanity in general for that matter.

“The swearing is epic, I should warn you, but that’s not what makes this show so controversial.”

She continued, “It is Gervais’s total and utter disregard for the feelings or sensibilities of anyone he sets his sights on (which, it must be said includes pretty much everyone, including himself) and especially his response to the idiocy, intractability and general absurdity of the runaway train that is modern woke culture.”

Gervais spends a fair amount of time dissecting trans-culture with more incisive and blunt analysis than George Carlin might have offered up were he living in today’s America, where comedy is suffering a death by a thousand leftist cuts each day.

Gervais and other comedians like Dave Chapelle are doing their best to keep humor alive. Late-night TV shows certainly aren’t doing it. Audiences there no longer laugh; they just agree with the host and applaud.

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Robbie de Santos of Stonewall has accused Gervais of “using his global platform to make fun of trans people.”

Of course he is. It isn’t safe for anyone else to do so.

Vine writes:

We live in a world where, like Alice in Wonderland, we are being asked to believe six impossible things before breakfast — and where if we even dare to question the obvious contradictions staring us in the face, it’s off with our heads.”

Most people are too scared to point that out. But Gervais doesn’t care. Partly, of course, because he’s a ‘white multi-millionaire’, as he puts it. But partly because he never has.

He [Gervais] goes on. ‘What about this person isn’t a lady?’ he asks, imagining a conversation with someone outraged at the suggestion that a trans woman might not be considered a real woman.

His d**k?’ he ventures.

HER d**k, you bigot,’ he retorts. It’s just too good.


“To my mind, there’s no question. The man can be a grade-A you-know-what. He’s a curmudgeon but an equal-opportunities curmudgeon. And there’s a place for people like him in this humourless, tedious new world of ours,” Vine argued.

Gervais rattled the collective left and Hollywood elites in particular at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards ceremony, broadcast live in April of 2021. He gave no quarter as he put the entire industry under the microscope of his rapier wit.

Netflix, for its part, got ahead of the expected outrage earlier in May by releasing a memo to its employees (and prospective employees) suggesting if they have a problem with the variety of content Netflix chooses to air, perhaps they ought to seek employment elsewhere.

The guidance read, in part, “Not everyone will like—or agree with—everything on our service. While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

“As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” according to the memo which was first reported by Variety.

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As for Ricky Gervais’s new special, Vine concluded, “He has taken on one of the most complex, most divisive, most demoralising issues of the modern age — the imposition of the extreme views of a small minority on a bewildered majority and the characterisation of any woman who objects to having her rights eroded as a bigot and a TERF [trans exclusionary radical feminist] — and reduced it down to size with a flick of his razor-sharp wit.”

“Forget cancelling him; he deserves a knighthood,” she wrote.

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