The 2016 Golden Globes host drew jeers during his opening monologue Sunday after making a controversial joke about Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender movement. On Tuesday, the comedian defended the crack in a defiant Twitter post.
“Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,” he tweeted, invoking the name of the disgraced comedian.
On Sunday, the repeat Globes host joked during the opening monologue that he was planning to be nicer this year.
“I’ve 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,” he said, saying she’s showed “great bravery.”
“She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything,” he added, referencing Jenner’s involvement in a deadly car accident in February 2015.
The British comedian tweeted several other comments Tuesday that showed he has no intention of issuing a mea culpa for any jokes that raised eyebrows – and there were many.
“In the future, everyone will be offended by me for 15 minutes,” he wrote, riffing off Andy Warhol’s famous quote.
He also tweeted, “You have every right to be offended. Just don’t cry when no one cares.”
Shortly after the awards show, Gervais took to Instagram to post an image of himself onstage during the show, making it clear he was making no apologies for his envelope-pushing remarks.
“Can’t wait for people to start reporting that I offended some people at The #GoldenGlobes. Of course I f—ing did.”