Ricky Gervais Trigger Trans Community After Mocking Yaniv
Canadian transwoman Jessica Yaniv thought she was once again being discriminated against after she was turned away from a gynecologist office. She posted about it on Twitter trying to rally some sort of support, as she thought that she was being treated unfairly. Yaniv’s posts did bring attention to the issue, but it seems most people thought she was the one in the wrong and mocked her for it, including comedian Ricky Gervais.
Gervais responded to the following tweet which has now been taken down:
“So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that “we don’t serve transgender patients.” And me, being me, I’m shocked.. and confused… and hurt. Are they allowed to do that, legally? Isn’t that against the college practices? @cpsbc_ca”“
“It’s disgusting that a qualified gynaecologist can refuse to check a lady’s cock for ovarian cancer. What if her bollocks are pregnant? She could lose the baby. I’m outraged.”
Most people found the tweet funny but a few activists attacked Gervais claiming he was being insensitive to the trans community.
“So a trans man can’t or shouldn’t visit a gynecologist? Or someone with ‘female’ reproductive organs who identifies as non-binary?”
“I see the point that you’re trying to make, but I don’t understand why. It costs you nothing to just let it go, and by calling it out the way you have you’re not only being cruel but you’re inviting others to do the same. There is no kindness here.”
“Why is your general attitude is to dismiss the concerns of transgender people? How does that help? ‘Delay in accessing specialist services can lead to a deterioration of the person’s mental health. There is a high incidence of suicide and self‐harm in people who remain untreated.'”
Gervais responded to one the commenters who asked him if trans deserve equal rights. Gervais said “Agreed. That’s why I include them in my comedy.”
He also commented again about Yaniv’s tweet after she deleted it “Damn. The sex-pest troll deleted their tweet. My reply looks mental now. Should I delete too or leave it there like some weird, cryptic fossil imprint?”
So far he has left the post up. Yaniv deserves this treatment. She went after a bunch of salons earlier this year and sued them for refusing to wax her male genitalia. Thankfully the courts threw her case out.
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