Four minutes into the special, Gervais dives into material about the trans community, seemingly calculated to draw controversy.
“Oh, women!” he starts. “Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those fucking dinosaurs. I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and cocks. They’re as good as gold, I love them.
And now the old-fashioned ones say, ‘Oh, they want to use our toilets.’
‘Why shouldn’t they use your toilets?’
‘They are ladies — look at their pronouns! What about this person isn’t a lady?’
‘Well, his penis.’
‘Her penis, you fucking bigot!’
‘What if he rapes me?’ ‘What if she rapes you, you fucking TERF whore?’”
A few minutes later, when discussing Kevin Hart removing himself from hosting the Oscars in 2018 for past homophobic tweets, Gervais continued joking about the trans community.
“You can’t predict what will be offensive in the future,” Gervais said. “You don’t know who the dominant mob will be. Like, the worst thing you can say today, get you cancelled on Twitter, death threats, the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right? Now, no one saw that coming. You won’t find a ten-year-old tweet of someone saying, ‘Women don’t have penises.’ You know why? We didn’t think we fucking had to!”