Comedian Ricky Gervais has been accused of transphobia after jokingly posting a tweet that parodied the more vocal and radical elements of trans activism.

On December 19th, the Twitter account of Jarvis Dupont, a character created to lampoon the radical personalities, rhetoric, and belief of demanding, social justice-oriented activists, posted a link to an article written by the character for Spectator USA, titled J.K. Rowling is a TERF!.

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In the article, the Dupont character discussed how he was “gobsmacked” and “betrayed” by a recent tweet made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in support of Maya Forstater, a researcher who was recently fired for her belief that ““sex” is a material reality which should not be conflated with “gender” or “gender identity”.”:

“I was utterly gobsmacked. I felt betrayed. The sheer bigotry of this woman. How is it even slightly reasonable to not want cis women to pay dearly for their thought crimes against the persecuted trans cult? In fact, if Margaret Atwood doesn’t rewrite The Handmaid’s Tale with the main character as Sam Smith, then I shall demand she is imprisoned for gender bias and prejudice. How dare cis women behave as if they are oppressed. After Rowling’s outrageous endorsement of transphobia, I have burned every single one of my Harry Potter books, along with my Gryffindor hoodie, my Hogwarts beanie hat and my Hadgrid waifu pillow. I urge everyone reading this to do the same.”

In response to Dupont’s sharing of the article, Gervais replied by continuing the satirical attitude displayed in the article, joking that “those awful biological women can never understand what it must be like for you becoming a lovely lady so late in life.”

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Following this Tweet, Gervais was bombarded with accusations of transphobia, as some users believed Gervais was promoting the idea that transwomen are men, regardless of their self-identification.

However, in a series of follow-up Tweets, Gervais explained that his Tweet “wasn’t talking about trans people,” but rather criticizing “cis men exploiting self ID to get into women’s spaces.”

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Gervais is set to host The Golden Globes awards for the fifth time on January 5th, 2020. It is currently unknown if this appearance will be affected by the backlash received for his thoughts and opinions.

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