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Ricky Gervais Defends Trans Jokes

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Ricky Gervais won't apologize for any trans jokes in his new Netflix special. But he tells the BBC that the point of comedy is to help people deal with dicey topics.

Gervais said, "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."

Gervais insists he's not anti-trans. However, his critics are piling on after he reeled off a series of jokes about trans people just four minutes into his "SuperNature" special.

In his BBC interview, Gervais says he ran into similar criticism over his dark comedy "After Life". He says people can handle what he's dishing. "Real life is much worse. These are just jokes. They don't mean anything. They're just for you to laugh for an hour or so. So that's why I deal in taboo subjects."

Source: BBC, Daily Mail.

Photo Credit: Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix.

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