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Ricky Gervais is getting destroyed on Twitter for his Netflix special

But Julian Assange is a fan, apparently.


Tess Cagle

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 19, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:19 pm CDT

Critics on Twitter have been relentlessly roasting English comedian Ricky Gervais for his latest stand-up special Humanity, in which he proves he still doesn’t understand what’s wrong with making demeaning jokes about transgender people.

Gervais spends the first 20 minutes of his stand-up routine making jokes about Caitlyn Jenner—whom he famously referred to as “Bruce” during a stint at the 2016 Golden Globes—and transgender people at large, comparing them to humans wanting to become chimps.

Watchers were predictably not amused and let Gervais know on Twitter.



The best commentary came from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who sincerely tweeted a fake Gervais quote created as a joke by Montreal reporter Rob Rousseau.

Rousseau actually made the graphic—using a quote found on Reddit—to show how tired and unoriginal Ricky Gervais’ schtick has become, according to Gizmodo. Assange earnestly tweeting the fake quote proves that even fans of the comedian can’t distinguish his jokes from quotes found on an “edgy” Tumblr blog.

Gervais—who’s known for insisting that he really, really doesn’t care what the haters say—fired back on Sunday. He included a photo of a chimp to make sure it’s clear that he feels no remorse about dehumanizing members of the LGBTQ community.  

Humanity premiered on Netflix last week. Read more about how the stand-up special tackles the “epidemic of offense” here.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2018, 5:00 pm CDT