“We watched the Ricky Jervis comedy special on Netflix, so there’s no need to.”
Comedian and actor Ricky Jervis has a new special, aboveOn Netflix starting today.
During the special, Ricky made several offensive jokes about transgender people. At one point, he actually claims to “support transgender rights” – before he ends up with another joke about transgender people.
People are understandably upset, and this afternoon, GLAAD issued a statement condemning the “anti-gay rhetoric” in Tweet series.
“We watched the Ricky Jervis comedy special on Netflix, so there’s no need to,” the statement began. “It’s full of dangerous, vociferous anti-trans graphics masquerading as jokes. It also directs anti-gay rhetoric and spreads inaccurate information about HIV.”
Attention Ricky and Netflix: People living with HIV today, when they receive effective treatment, live long, healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others.
“Netflix has a policy that says that content “designed to incite hatred or violence” is not allowed on their platform, but we all know that anti-LGBT content does just that. While Netflix is home to some of the leading LGBTQ programming, it is She refuses to impose her own politics on comedy.”
“The LGBTQ community and our allies have made it clear that so-called comedians who cast hate instead of humor, and the media companies that give them a platform, will be held accountable. Meanwhile, there are plenty of LGBTQ funny comedians to support.”
This isn’t the first time that Netflix – as well as the comedian whose work is primarily shown on Netflix – has faced backlash from GLAAD (as well as the LGBTQ+ community in general) over offensive content.
In October last year, GLAAD also spoke out against the controversial Dave Chappelle special on Netflix the closestwhich also included anti-transgender remarks from the comedian.
“Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences do not support anti-LGBT diatribe platforms,” GLAAD said in a statement. Declaration on time. “We agree.”