Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globe trans jokes fall flat; End of mainstream entertainment trans mocking?

ricky gervais transLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — It was instant cringing for me when the Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais began his opening monologue by joking about Caitlyn Jenner and actor Jeffrey Tambor and his transgender character in the TV series Transparent. But surprisingly, it was an awkward for everyone else as well. The audience response to the trans jokes was lukewarm, and remained that way until Gervais finally moved off the topic and the audience let out a sigh of relief.

The rest of the monologue went considerably better for Gervais, and the audience’s reaction was several notches louder.

Have trans jokes in mainstream entertainment finally become passe?

I’m not going to make that prediction, but do see many comedians drawing a line through “trans jokes” after Gervais’ flat performance on network television.

Gervais during the monologue:

“But as I say, I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can ya? Not at the same time. … Yes. Yes. That is the level. An old man pulling me off. Again. Um, at least Jeffrey Tambor did it in a dress. Um, what a year he’s had. Oh. What an actor, what a role. Every day, he has to put on all that women’s clothes and the hair and makeup and let people film it. That takes balls. So, I don’t know how he does it. I really don’t. I’ve seen his balls. They are huge and long. I don’t know he tucked them in the bra, that thing push them out the back and let them hang out, like a bulldog? No one knows. I love Jeffrey Tambor.”


We’ll see if the Caitlyn jokes stop now.

I recently wrote about Jeffrey Tambor and Transparent: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/09/21/we-have-a-trans-civil-rights-problem-overwhelming-public-support-following-emmy-speech-crashes-trans-rights-website/

Ricky Gervais: http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/01/10/ricky_gervais_made_trans_jokes_in_his_golden_globes_monologue_and_they_failed.html

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10 replies

  1. If you open an illustrated lexicon of phrases, you’ll find
    Gervais picture under ‘self-absorbed.’

  2. They still laughed…so I am not seeing an end in sight : -(

  3. Ricky Gervais is a joke….and not a good one!!!!!!!

  4. You’re kidding yourself. The driving joke was the best line in the whole monologue.

  5. I’m sorry, I’m trans and I really enjoyed the Caitlyn Jenner driving joke. I cannot imagine why you think there was anything wrong with it. He acknowledged she was trans, stated she was a role model, then made fun of bad women drivers. Misogynistic… Yes…. Anti trans, I don’t think so. The Jeffery tambor stuff was rough, but I also couldn’t find myself caring. If the show actually cast a trans person in the role maybe it wouldn’t have been an issue.

  6. No offense if many of you came out 30 years ago like some of us.. You would not had survived a day.. You complain on how things are now.. These are good days .. Compared to back then.. Just a suggestion toughen up ..

  7. WWPCPD?

    What Would PC Principal Do?

    Those jokes weren’t super funny, but they really weren’t in bad taste, either. The joke was about Jenner essentially getting away with manslaughter and Jeffrey Tambor playing a frumpy old woman… and his balls.


  8. It’s always the “trans activists” who find everything and anything offensive to their trans-agenda. Nothing here was “offensive” and it was a JOKE. The problem is we have so many trans people now making jokes about straights or this or that, but the moment a prick goes into their little bubble, they cry “TRANSPHOBIC” when it’s not even the slightest bit close to the meaning of the word. It’s dumb as hell. Learn how to get some thick skin, stop trying to cancel everyone, and please work on not making something that was known for like EVER becoming further “trendy.” Thank you.

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