Ricky Gervais’ hosting of the Golden Globes for the one-too-many-th times was sure to be met with skeptical eyes as viewers and guest geared up for his no-hole-barred style comedy. With such a touchy year we’ve had in the media everyone wished they were in Ricky’s position. Not on stage forced to comment on it all, but the whole time holding a tall beer to get through it.
On subject of 2015 was of course Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. He has specifically not backed down from his comment on that of course: “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.”
If you don’t get the last bit of the joke, Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a fatal accident shortly before she came out as transgender.
The joke wasn’t entirely crude or offensive to Caitlyn’s life or existence. Gervais saved that cruelty for Jeffery Tambor who plays a transgender woman on Amazon’s “Transparent”. “The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press said if I say anything offensive, or crass, or resort to innuendo, he’s going to personally come out here and ‘pull me off,’ …So that’s an offer I couldn’t refuse… an old man pulling me off. Again. At least Jeffrey Tambor did it in a dress.”
Then he went on to comment on Tambour’s own genitalia which of course, went lovely!
“If more people understood the violence trans people face every day, it would be harder to make jokes about it.” Said Jill Soloway the creator of “Transparent” and daughter of a transwoman of Gervais’ jokes about her show’s star.
Gervais went to twitter to defend himself, saying that everyone has their own right to be offended by a joke, just “don’t cry when no one cares”. But that’s the issue that Jill Soloway is concerned over, and what more people should be concerned over. That if “no one” cares about sensitive real trans issues, like assault, murder, sexual attacks, and discrimination, then his levity about the joke is horribly reflective of certain people in our society. The Caitlyn Jenner joke is perhaps not entirely said with malice, but to go publicly to say that no one cares about why someone may find his material about trans issues offensive is the wrong route to take in terms of basic human decency.