Ricky Gervais says being able to offend in comedy is a ‘good system’
Ricky Gervais argued in favor of offensive comedy, calling it a “good system”.
The British comedian has often been criticized for making offensive jokes in his stand-up sets. However, despite the backlash, Gervais often defended his material.
Again, Gervais maintained his stance on offensive comedy.
On Monday June 20, fellow comedian Robin Ince wrote on Twitter: “What I find odd about the offensive comedy debate is that it seems to be saying ‘comedy should be allowed to be offensive, but it is wrong for people to be offended’ – make up your mind.
Responding to the post, Gervais “agreed”, adding: “Everyone has the right to offend and everyone has the right to be offended. It’s a good system.
Most recently, his latest Netflix special SuperNature was called “dangerous” by GLAAD, the LGBTQ advocacy organization, for his “anti-trans dialogue disguised as jokes”.
The Independents The reviewer also wrote that “Gervais’ longest riff is reserved for the humiliation of trans people.”
Following the sentencing of his special, he backed his right to joke about “taboo subjects”.
Gervais explained: “I think that’s what comedy is really for, to get us through things and ideally taboo subjects, because I want to take the audience to a place they’ve never been before, even for a fraction of a second.”