Ricky Gervais has defended his new Netflix show after an LGBT rights group called his material “dangerous” for trans people.
The comedian sparked controversy with his latest show SuperNature, released on the streaming platform on Tuesday.
His hour-long routine includes a series of jokes about gender identity and the gay community, prompting GLAAD, an American LGBT rights group, to call the show “dangerous”.
Gervais defended the program, saying he wanted to take the “audience to a place they had never been before”.
He told BBC One’s The One Show: “I think that’s what comedy is for, really – to get us through things, and I deal with taboo subjects because I want to take the audience in a place where it has never been before, even for a split second.
“Most offense comes from people mistaking the subject of a joke for the real target.”
Gervais, 60, who co-created hit TV shows such as The Office and After Life, said his jokes did not reflect his personal views.
He said: “In real life, of course, I support trans rights. I support all human rights and trans rights are human rights.
“Live your best life, use your favorite pronouns, be the kind you feel you are.
“It’s crazy to think that joking about something means you’re anti to it.”
“Anti-trans diatribes disguised as jokes”
GLAAD shared their concerns about SuperNature in a post on Twitter, saying, “It’s full of graphic, dangerous, anti-trans rants disguised as jokes.
“He also spouts anti-gay rhetoric and spreads inaccurate information about HIV.”
They went on to say that Netflix “refuses” to enforce its own policy that content “designed to incite hatred or violence” is not allowed on its platform.
The streaming giant has faced backlash over its content over the past few months.
Some viewers and Netflix staff criticized American comedian Dave Chappelle’s stand-up show claiming it was transphobic.
chapel was attacked on stage earlier this month by a man who reportedly found parts of his routine about the LGBTQ+ community and the “triggering” of homelessness.
British comedian Jimmy Carr also came under fire this year because his Netflix special included information about the murders of hundreds of thousands of people. people from Europe’s Traveler communities in the Holocaust.
Sky News has contacted Netflix for comment.
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