Ricky Gervais: Hollywood’s Latest Supporter Of Feminism

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Forget any offensive sexist joke you may have heard during his two-year stint as a Golden Globes host in 2010 and 2011 (explained later in this post) because it turns out Ricky Gervais is pro-women and is a fan of creating strong female characters on screen. Hallelujah!

In an interview with the Radio Times about his new series ‘Derek’ which will be returning for a second season, Ricky speaks out about the treatment of women in film and TV and says he is doing his part to make it better.

“I love writing interesting female characters because usually they’re props, particularly in comedy,” he revealed. “Even in Hollywood, they’re usually air heads or if they’re ambitious they’re straight away cold and need to be taught a lesson. They need to show that getting a man is more important than getting a career. Or they’re just props for men to do funny things.”

Amazing! Finally a man can recognize that if women in real life are multi-dimensional, then shouldn’t their on-screen counterparts portray the same characteristics?

He is not ashamed nor emasculated to admit that men do not rule the world.

“People think that men rule the world but they don’t, really. That was never my experience growing up and certainly not at Broad Hill. Men, when they’re together, revert to the playground.”

Broad Hill is the senior citizens center he works at in ‘Derek’, and apparently the second season will see the development of they two key female characters, Hannah (Kerry Godliman) and her whip-smart protege Vicky (Holli Dempsey), to show some good old-fashioned girl power, Ricky Gervais style.

He isn’t afraid to challenge the societal boundaries, especially in the media. In November 2013 he posted this status on his facebook which elicited a large amount of responses:

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Now onto those sexist jokes at the Golden Globes. He made a quip saying the people who photoshopped the ‘Sex and the City’ movie poster should win an award, and instantly everyone thought it was a sexist remark about women and aging. It turns out that couldn’t be further from the truth, as he reveals in an interview with the ladies of ‘The View’ in 2011.

“It’s not sexist. I think they look great at their age, why hide it?” he tells Joy Behar who confronted him about the joke.

“I don’t think you lose your sensuality or your beauty because you hit 53. I’m saying why are they hiding it?”

They also spoke about his HBO special ‘Talking Funny’ which saw Ricky sitting down with fellow male comedians Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. The ladies asked him why he didn’t feature any female comedians and it turned into a conversation about whether he thinks women are just as funny as men.

“Jerry Lewis once famously said he didn’t think women were funny, do you think women are funny?” asked Joy Behar.

“Of course! What’s the difference? That’s ridiculous. Certainly, less women go into stand-up so there’s less to choose from, but there’s loads of funny women. I work with funny women. There’s loads of funny women here,” he said, referring to comedians Behar and Whoopi Goldberg on the show.

So there you have it, all of Ricky Gervais’ sexist jokes explained, and his true motives revealed. Let’s be honest, he doesn’t exactly hide what he thinks about certain topics, and if he wanted to be sexist he could. An outspoken atheist and feminist, we respect the fact that in his eyes there should be no difference between men and women on screen and in comedy. Sure he has made some pretty crass jokes in the past on some of his stand-up specials, and those are certainly not excusable. But the difference is, while some of those were for performance sake and were jokes, we’d like to take these words a little more seriously as they were said during an interview and you can clearly see his motives.

Now if you can put up with five women talking all over each other for a few minutes here and there during the video below, take the time to listen to Ricky’s funny interview on ‘The View’:

4 Comments

  1. Don’t get too exited.

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