Frankie Boyle is branded a ‘hypocrite’ for criticising Ricky Gervais’s jokes about trans people after building a career out of offensive gags
- Boyle, 48, told Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast that he found Ricky Gervais’ humour ‘very lazy’ and criticised his jokes about transgender people
- In 2018 Netflix special, Gervais targeted Caitlyn Jenner, who’s trans, during set
- Boyle was accused of hypocrisy on Twitter, as social media users unearthed trans jokes Boyle had made himself in the past
- Many also referenced Boyle’s previous jokes about Harvey Price, the disabled son of Katie Price, and Madeleine McCann
Comedy fans have branded controversial comedian Frankie Boyle a ‘hypocrite’ after he criticised Ricky Gervais for ‘lazy’ jokes about transgender people.
The Scottish comic, 48, told the Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast that he was less than impressed by Gervais’ jokes about trans people – despite Boyle himself having frequently made similar jokes in the past.
Listeners to the hour-long recording heard Boyle slam Gervais’ as ‘not a stand-up comedian’, saying: ‘I saw him doing his routine about trans people and I thought it was very lazy.
‘I would like him to have the same respect for trans people as he seems to have for animals. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask.’
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Controversial comic Frankie Boyle, 48, told the Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast that he found Ricky Gervais’ humour ‘very lazy’ and criticised his jokes about transgender people
Referencing Gervais’ jokes about trans people – including jokes made about Caitlyn Jenner – were branded ‘very lazy’ by Boyle
Social media users responded to Boyle’s comments by unearthing jokes he’d made in the past referencing transvestites and transgender people including in 2014 and 2012
He added: ‘I mean, look, we know Ricky Gervais, he’s a brilliant actor, he’s a brilliant writer, he’s not a f***ing stand-up comedian!’
In Gervais’ 2018 Netflix special, he made Caitlyn Jenner the target of several jokes including repeating her birth name and suggesting that trans people were the equivalent of himself ‘self-identifying as a chimpanzee’.
And at the 2016 Golden Globes, he quipped: ‘I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed – not as much as Bruce Jenner. Obviously.’
Another sketch saw him refer to Jenner as ‘it’ instead of using her preferred pronoun and saying the reason he referenced the star’s birth name was: ‘That was his name, for 58 years, I think.’
On Twitter, Gervais’ fans were quick to unearth offensive jokes Boyle had made in the past about trans people and reference sets that also made fun of Katie Price’s disabled son, Harvey, and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
@MilnersRibenaaa wrote: ‘The same lad that trolled a disabled kid for years on national TV is offended by Ricky Gervais apparently.’
Appearing on Louis Theroux’s Grounded podcast, Boyle said: ‘‘I mean, look, we know Ricky Gervais, he’s a brilliant actor, he’s a brilliant writer, he’s not a f***ing stand-up comedian!’
@RoryHaczewski added: ‘Frankie Boyle having a pop at Ricky Gervais for cheap jokes. The same bloke who ruined his career by making pretty horrific jokes about a disabled kid, now suddenly claiming to be a paragon of virtue. Unbelievable. Get in the bin.’
@Angelheartnight penned: ‘Frankie Boyle is free to criticise Ricky Gervais, and call his jokes lazy. Pretty rich though, considering the jokes that Boyle himself has told over the years. I would like Frankie Boyle to have the same respect for disabled people as he has for animals.’
Boyle appears to have taken a different tone with his comedy in recent years but made a name for himself with his offensive humour, including continuously targeting Katie Price’s son Harvey over his disabilities.
In July 2020, Ms Price demanded MPs change the law to ensure online bullies face justice at a landmark parliamentary inquiry.
The ex-glamour model gave evidence to the Petitions Committee via video link for at the inquiry into online abuse. Price, 42, revealed Boyle, three police officers and cricketer Ben Stokes had all mocked her son.
She told MPs: ‘Throughout the years I get a lot of trolling and online abuse. The difference is I’m able to speak out myself, but my son Harvey was born with disabilities, he gets a lot of racial abuse, disgusting despicable things.
‘He gets memes made about it, TikToks, posters, he gets mocked in such a serious disgusting way, there has to be some kind of justice.’
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