Did Ricky Gervais Go Too Far At The Golden Globes Or Are People Oversensitive?

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It’s been a busy week for 2016 Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais after his antics at this year’s prestigious award show were all anybody could talk about.

The British funny man has been a massive success in the States for a number of years now and has hosted the famous event four times in total. Each year, he makes headlines – and this year was no different.

He pretended that he thought Eddie Redmayne was female from his performance as a transgender woman in The Danish Girl. He speculated over Jeffrey Tambor’s testicle antics in American TV series Transparent. He even had a very awkward exchange with his Golden Globes arch enemy Mel Gibson.

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However, it’s his quip while opening the ceremony, that everyone has been talking about, in which he explained how he’d changed a lot in the past year, “but not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously.”

This was followed by a short pause and then some laughter from the audience, before they were hit with the follow up… “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?”


The above joke was in reference to the car accident caused by Jenner in February, in which a woman was killed.

However, it didn’t take long for social media users to hop online and brand Gervais as “transphobic”, as hundreds of people took to the platform to unleash a tirade of abuse at him in order to defend Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community.

However, in classic Gervais style, he provided a response of his own in the form of a series of posts – in which he tweeted that: “Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist.”




Later on in the evening, he went on to tweet, “I made a joke about Caitlyn Jenner killing someone in her car. I’m #TransportPhobic.”

With the shit storm currently raging on in the social media world, let’s not forget that NBC repeatedly book Gervais to host the ceremony so he can insult A-list celebrities. Is Ricky really to blame for sticking to his word, or did he actually go too far?

The internet is quickly becoming a place crawling with hypersensitive people latching onto any agenda that makes them feel like a pillar of justice, while those who have genuine issues and want to do something about them are instantly drowned out.

I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings, and yes, this is sarcasm.