Ricky Gervais has responded to suggestions that he made a transphobic joke about Caitlyn Jenner at this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.
During his opening monologue, Gervais made reference to Jenner’s banner year as a trans trailblazer and involvement in a fatal car crash last February. “She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes,” Gervais told the audience at LA’s Beverly Hilton Hotel. “She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t do everything.”
Some viewers felt the joke was offensive, with US LGBT rights group GLAAD – formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – accusing Gervais of making a joke “at the expense of trans people”.
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 11, 2016
Responding to this criticism on Facebook earlier today, Gervais wrote: “Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist.”
He then posted the following update:
Gervais hosted the Golden Globe Awards for the fourth time on Sunday night, having previously presided over the annual awards ceremony in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Catch up with his 10 most provocative jokes from the 2016 event here.