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Ricky Gervais: Joke on Caitlyn not transphobic

Comedian-actor Ricky Gervais, who was criticised for taking a dig at Caitlyn Jenner at the 73rd Annual Golden Globes while hosting the awards ceremony, says he doesn't believe that his joke on the reality TV star was 'transphobic'.

Ricky Gervais and Caitlyn Jenner
Ricky Gervais and Caitlyn Jenner

During the awards ceremony, Gervais took a dig at the former Olympic athlete, who was known as Bruce Jenner before her transition, saying: " I have 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?"

Following the event, many viewers took to social media and criticised Gervais for the same. The 54-year-old defended himself by saying that given the situation, suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist, reports a website.

"Suggesting a joke about Caitlin (sic) Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist," he tweeted.

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