Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais Defends Caitlyn Jenner Joke

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"You have every right to be offended. Just don't cry when no one cares."

Ricky Gervais took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend himself against criticism that some of his Golden Globes jokes were transphobic.

"Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist," said Gervais.

During his opening monologue he made fun of Caityn Jenner's fatal 2015 car accident. When he started the joke, he referred to Jenner by her birth name.

"I'm gonna be nice tonight," said Gervais. "I've changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course." He went on to talk about what a role model Jenner is and then mocked her driving skills.

On social media, people said Gervais "deadnamed" Jenner, using the name she had before her transition. After trans people have adopted a new name, using an old name can be seen as implying a lack of acceptance, similar to misgendering a trans person with the incorrect pronoun.

Gervais was also criticized for mocking Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

On Twitter, he said he doesn't care about being offensive and is inspired by the backlash to do a new stand-up show next year.

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