This week, Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle went on the BBC show Grounded with Louis Theroux. He started out by criticizing Gervais as a stand-up overall, stating that he only started doing comedy after The Office. “So if you’re a stand-up watching him, you feel like, ‘Oh, this is someone doing a version of this thing we do,’” he added.
He then segued into his criticism of Gervais over some trans jokes that he made in his 2018 Netflix special, Humanity. “Really, it’s more that I saw his routine about trans people, and I thought it was very lazy,” Boyle said. “I would like him to have the same respect for trans people that he seems to have for animals. I think that’s not a lot to ask.”
For his part, Gervais did seem to indirectly respond to the allegations on his Twitter, simply writing “I look down on everyone equally.” Additionally, fans of Gervais quickly came to his defense, going as far as to label Boyle “hypocritical”, given some of his own jokes he’s made that relies on shock value.
I look down on everyone equally.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 28, 2020
Notably, this isn’t the first time he has been called out over his material and been labeled as “transphobic”. His 2016 Golden Globes monologue, which had some jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, brought on its own amount of backlash at the time.