Transgender reality star Caitlyn Jenner responded to British comedian Ricky Gervais after he made fun of her at the 2016 Golden Globes Sunday. While some Twitter users criticized Gervais, Jenner didn’t mention the diss specifically. Instead, she offered a solution for next year.
"I think what I'm gonna do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year and we'll solve that problem," the former Olympic gold medalist told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California on Thursday, according to Us Weekly.
Gervais was accused of being transphobic for his opening monologue Sunday, where he made light of Jenner’s February 2015 car crash that left a woman dead. Jenner was not charged in the death due to "insufficient evidence," NBC News reported in October.
“I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed — not as much as Bruce Jenner ,” he said. “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.”
Gervais hit back at his naysayers, arguing his joke was not transphobic. “Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,” he wrote Tuesday. “I f---ing love it when you all argue.” He continued: “You have every right to be offended. Just don't cry when no one cares.”
Gervais continued to share news stories about his Golden Globes performance and brushed off that he was bothered by anyone’s comments. “Do people not realize that when they say they are offended by a joke it makes that joke even funnier for the rest of us,” he wrote.
If jokes caused the easily offended to bleed internally, I'd do more stand up. pic.twitter.com/ScuOKExtwv
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 12, 2016
“I Am Cait” will return to E! for Season 2 in March. Jenner shared the news on her personal Twitter account.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) January 15, 2016
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