The World Is Evolving and Ricky Gervais Isn’t
By Lindy West
March 28, 2018
… Last week, the secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson, testified in front of a House subcommittee that trans women in homeless shelters make cisgender women “not comfortable.” According to a 2016 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 20 percent of trans people report having been homeless at some point because of their gender identity, 55 percent report being harassed by homeless shelter residents and staff, and 29 percent have been turned away from shelters for being trans. Meanwhile, on Netflix, Gervais graphically speculated about Caitlyn Jenner’s gender confirmation surgery, repeatedly referred to her as a big strong man, relentlessly called her by her pre-transition name and compared gender dysphoria to a human choosing to identify as a chimpanzee.
Bruce Jenner presumably shot himself up with powerful artificial male hormones between finishing 10th in the Olympic decathlon in 1972 when he weighed 180 pounds and winning the gold and setting the world record in 1976 at a weight of 220 pounds, launching him onto his current career of never having to work again. (He has joked that he intended to spend his death bed time auctioning off the right to slap their logo on his coffin to Coke and Pepsi.)
Now he has issues.
This is serious, people.