Frankie Boyle Calls Ricky Gervais ‘Lazy’ For Trans People Jokes

by : Julia Banim on : 29 Dec 2020 10:54
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Frankie Boyle has called out Ricky Gervais during a guest appearance on Louis Theroux’s Grounded podcast, blasting his fellow comedian as ‘lazy’ for making jokes about transgender people.

During the interview, Theroux brought up comments Boyle had made about Gervais during his 2020 TV comedy special Excited For You to See and Hate This.


Here, Boyle took aim at Gervais over jokes he had made about trans woman Caitlyn Jenner during his own 2018 Netflix special, Humanity. Gervais had repeatedly deadnamed Jenner during one routine, and suggested that being trans was comparable to him ‘self-identifying as a chimpanzee’.

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Ripping into Gervais in Excited For You to See and Hate This, Boyle argued, ‘it’s not that much weirder than Ricky Gervais saying that he’s a stand-up comedian’:

I mean, look, we know Ricky Gervais, he’s a brilliant actor, he’s a brilliant writer, he’s not a f*cking stand-up comedian! Just ‘cause Ricky Gervais self-identifies as a stand-up comedian, am I supposed to say that he is one? It’s f*cking political correctness gone mad!


Reflecting on why he made these cutting jibes, Boyle remarked to Theroux that he had found Gervais’s routine about trans people to be ‘lazy’, adding:

I would like him to have the same respect for trans people as he has for animals. I think that’s not a lot to ask.

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You can listen to Louis Theroux’s full Grounded interview with Frankie Boyle through BBC Sounds.


If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Mindline Trans+ on 0300 330 5468. The line is open 8pm–midnight Mondays and Fridays and is run by trans volunteers.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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