The World Is Evolving and Ricky Gervais Isn’t – The New York Times via Lindy West #review #Transgender #Gay #Lesbian
I find it quite boring adding this sordid excuse of a person to my blog but as I’ve had over thirty emails. Here’s another review for Ricky Gervais ‘Humanity’ ( I use the word lightly.) He has spent his life persecuting people to make himself feel big so I suppose there’s no harm in taking ten minutes to add this masterpiece by Lindy West of The New York Times here.
I know this is not the type of thing anyone wants to read about as he’s not the most intelligent of folk but here goes. I tribute this post to all my gay and transgender friends across the globe. It is a shame really. Ricky Gervais is not in touch with reality – key subjects being Twitter and Donald Trump. But it’s okay everyone – 30 years ago he passed an exam and Netflix give him lots of money. So it will be alright because he lives in Hampstead in a mansion. You can find Ricky Gervais each day of the year on Twitter giving you a sporadic insight to the all encompassing life he leads. Anticipate lots of ‘I love animals’ tweets when under pressure. Be aware, he does not visit rescues and has never adopted a pet other than a bear who lives in a different country that he has never bothered to meet. All his contributions come from the comfort of his sofa. Addicted to winning prizes and accumulating ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ on the internet. Is this what society deems a ‘top influencer’? If I had young children I would be worried sick.
I do not spend time on social media outside of work so please share with groups that you think this post will help. Be a ‘nice’ troll. Be anyone – let’s get the truth out there together. It’s time! Remember – bullies are cowards – you are not alone.
The World Is Evolving and Ricky Gervais Isn’t by Lindy West of The New York Times
Ricky Gervais, the British comedian, does not care what you say about him on Twitter. He does not care if you are offended. He does not care if you hate the latest joke he told about rape, or the Bible, or Caitlyn Jenner, or Hitler or your child’s fatal peanut allergy. And just to make sure you’re crystal clear on all of the tweets he does not remotely care about, he has built his new Netflix stand-up special, “Ricky Gervais: Humanity,” around them — these negligible tweets, the droning of gnats, several years of which he appears to have accidentally screen-grabbed and saved to his phone. (Ricky Gervais: Butterfingers!)
Similarly, I don’t care about Formula One racing, which is why I’m working on a tight 75-minute act about the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Gervais seems to care quite intensely, of course, which is natural. It would be grotesque, inhuman, not to care. Absorbing critique on a scale as vast as Gervais’s Twitter feed (13.1 million followers), whether the specific critiques are warranted or not, is objectively grueling. Stand-up comedy is vulnerable and hard. Twitter is awful. Devoid of context, Gervais’s bravado might be sympathetic, a relatable if tedious coping mechanism. As Gervais himself helpfully points out in “Humanity,” however, nothing can truly be divorced from context.
So here’s some context for you: Last week, the secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson, testified in front of a House subcommittee that trans women in homeless shelters make cisgender women “not comfortable.” According to a 2016 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 20 percent of trans people report having been homeless at some point because of their gender identity, 55 percent report being harassed by homeless shelter residents and staff, and 29 percent have been turned away from shelters for being trans. Meanwhile, on Netflix, Gervais graphically speculated about Caitlyn Jenner’s gender confirmation surgery, repeatedly referred to her as a big strong man, relentlessly called her by her pre-transition name and compared gender dysphoria to a human choosing to identify as a chimpanzee.
That is the context within which Gervais insists he doesn’t care about critiques of his work — critiques pointing out that describing trans women as goofy, freaky, delusional men who’ve just “popped on a dress” isn’t edgy or cheeky, it’s dangerous. Giggling at the “weirdness” of trans people — presenting your spasms of discomfort as something relatable — makes it harder for trans people to find a safe place to sleep. Transphobia is not a pet issue of the hypersensitive but a continuing international emergency.
And sure, some critiques are silly or bad. Public opinion is a numbers game: Distribute your work to a large enough sample and you’ll accrue people who love you, which is intoxicating, but also people who don’t, which is painful. You’ll find some who get the jokes but hate them anyway and some who hate you without even bothering to watch. This doesn’t actually say much about humanity except that it is vast and varied. Yet, out of this data set, some comedians and their fans seem determined to gerrymander an epidemic of bowdlerization.
“People see something they don’t like and they expect it to stop,” Gervais says in “Humanity.” “The world is getting worse. Don’t get me wrong, I think I’ve lived through the best 50 years of humanity. 1960 through 2015, the peak of civilization for everything. For tolerances, for freedoms, for communication, for medicine! And now it’s going the other way a little bit.”
“Dumpster fire” has emerged as the favorite emblem of our present moment, but that Gervais quote feels both more apt and more tragic a metaphor: The Trump/Brexit era is a rich, famous, white, middle-aged man declaring the world to be in decline the moment he stops understanding it.
Gervais is not alone in presenting himself as a noble bulwark against a wave of supposed left-wing censorship. (A Netflix special, for the record, is not what “silencing” looks like.) We’ve heard similar sentiments from hand-wringers across the political spectrum who insist that overzealous, “politically correct” college activists are strangling academia. We’ve heard it from pundits and politicians who insist that white men were so victimized by the “sensitivity” of marginalized people, they had no choice but to vote for Donald Trump. Men who scream “snowflake” at rape victims feel so wounded by even minor critiques that they have been re-litigating the same arguments about “offense” and “free speech” for decades.
Feature by The New York Post.
(bully – cynic – trouble maker) Ricky Gervais: Humanity Needs an Empathy Lesson #review #netflix by Vulture Magazine plus video of bullying in the workplace
(If anyone is being bullied at work – please join a union and make your situation aware to everyone. An abuser/sadomasochistic should be exposed as an example to others who follow in their footsteps. Where do we go wrong when this is allowed to happen in today’s society? A crass and unsophisticated sod who feels the need to talk about how much he earns and what his money from America can buy him. He pays for apparent popularity on his social accounts. It’s all bot driven. Don’t be fooled by any of it. No wonder he is so depressed and dependent on alcohol. The bloke needs professional help. If my sons were treated like this at work I would be utterly anger stricken. And if you find this funny – you are just as bad. Shame on you! Tweeting about animal welfare does not excuse abuse. Ricky Gervais taints other artists in the UK and is causing political, religious and personal divisions right across the board. I believe he should be removed from social media and asked to leave the UK. One day we will look back in horror any of this was allowed to ever take place. Tiffany Belle Harper.)