Ricky Gervais Calls for Wildlife Trade and Consumption to End Right Now | 22 Words

It's no secret that comedian, Ricky Gervais cracks some pretty controversial jokes and isn't afraid to hold them back. But one thing he is constantly praised for is his support of the animal rights movement.

Once again, this week the star has spoken out about animal rights and it's perhaps his biggest statement yet...

Ricky Gervais is, generally, pretty well loved.

He's a funny guy. He's given us a ton of laughs over the years in the UK's The Office, in his stand-up shows, and in movies like The Invention of Lying.

Most recently, Gervais starred in Netflix's After Life.

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The show was created, executive produced and directed by Gervais himself.

After Life tells the story of a man struggling to cope after he loses his wife of twenty-five years to cancer.

The show is dark, there's no doubt about that. Tony struggles with depression and some very serious issues are dealt with in the series, but the overwhelming feeling is one of joy and of hope. It's funny, too.

Like much of Gervais' work, though, After Life divided opinions.

"The two Gervaises — the angel and devil sitting on his own shoulders — uneasily swap custody of After Life [...] Here’s hoping their next collaboration turns out better," The New York Times wrote.

Generally, people's opinions of him are all over the place.

He's kind to animals but makes sexist, racist and some downright cruel jokes.

But Gervais has certainly offended a lot of people in his time - or they've taken offence to his perfectly innocent remarks...

Here's a quick rundown of a few of the many controversial things that Ricky's said over the years.

Golden Globes 2010.

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Ricky Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes on several occasions. Each time he told at least one joke that went down pretty badly. In 2010, Gervais spoke about the reach of Hollywood: “Actors aren’t just loved here in Hollywood, they are loved the world over. You could be in the third world and get a glimpse of a Hollywood star and it could make you feel a little bit better. You could be a little Asian child with no possessions and no money. But you could see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you’d think, ‘Mummy!’" Yikes.

It was Charlie Sheen, Hugh Hefner and Hefner's wife, Crystal Harris, that were hit at the 2011 Golden Globes.

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"It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking – or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast," Gervais joked. Later in the show, Ricky took aim at Hugh Hefner and his wife-to-be: "Talking of The Walking Dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris. When asked why she was marrying him, she said, 'He lied about his age. He told me he was 94'. Just don't look at it when you touch it."

Ricky was invited back in 2012.

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This time, Gervais suggested that Madonna's song, "Like A Virgin" was at odds with her love life and made a quip about Jodie Foster, an actress who starred alongside Mel Gibson in The Beaver and who just so happens to be a lesbian: “Jodie Foster’s Beaver," he said, “I haven't seen it myself. I've spoken to a lot of guys here, they haven't seen it either".

And (somehow), he was back in 2016.

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This one was real bad. Gervais claimed that he would take it easy with the controversial comments that year, saying that he'd "changed". "Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously," he added. "She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn't do a lot for women drivers, but you can't do everything," referring to a car crash that Caitlyn was involved in 2015. It gets worse...

When Gervais' stand up comedy show, Humanity hit Netflix...

He continued his Caitlyn Jenner thread.

Gervais compared identifying as trans to identifying as a chimp. Yep...

"She’s always identified as a woman. That means she’s a woman. Fine, if that’s the rules. If you feel you’re a woman, you are. I’m not a bigot who thinks having all that done is science going too far. In fact, I don’t think it’s going far enough. ’Cause I’ve always identified as a chimp, right? Well, I am a chimp. If I say I’m a chimp, I am a chimp pre-op. But don’t ever dead-name me. Don’t call me Ricky Gervais again. From now on, you call me Bobo."

Gervais also refers to Jenner by her dead name, as he did at the Golden Globes.

A dead name is a trans person's name before the transition was made. According to Indy100, Gervais used it fifteen times in Humanity.

Trans comedian and writer, Shon Faye, criticized Gervais for his comments:

She told Indy100, "Dead-naming is such a horrifying thing to do to any trans person because it says that their true identity and their authentic self and the steps they have taken to be recognised by society more authentically can be snatched away at any time. It’s also just courtesy. If you change your name that is your name and people should respect it."

Gervais is also a (very) outspoken atheist.

We mean, he speaks about his atheism a lot.

Which is fine, we guess.

But nobody really seems to be all that offended by his comments (the man's allowed an opinion), but he still seems to think that his atheism is edgy and it really riles people up.

So that's a quick list of (some of) Gervais' controversies over the years.

And, recently, Gervais has spoken out about something else.

Gervais has long been standing up for animal rights.

In fact, in Humanity, Gervais says, "I'm really into anti-animal cruelty...I've been involved in many campaigns where people have signed petitions and the law has been changed. So thank-you to anyone who has ever retweeted anything to do with animal cruelty because it really makes a difference."

In 2015, Gervais spoke out against hunting.

According to Elephant Journal, the post was "retweeted over 38,000 times on Twitter and was shared thousands of times across various social media sites".

He hopes to raise awareness of the horrible treatment of animals and to do what he can to put an end to it.

"Thank you for doing the stuff you do. I can't even bring myself to look at what those monsters do. We need you!," Twitter-user, @ScottNagao replied.

Ricky Gervais has even hit out at matador, Morante de la Puebla.

He was taking part in a bullfighting festival at the Real Maestranza bullring in Seville, Andalusia when he wounded the bull that he was fighting.

And his latest stance on animal rights is perhaps his biggest yet.

The comedian has called for an end to wildlife trade and consumption.

The star is urging world leaders to stake a stand and introduce a global ban...

He has spoken out shortly after news came out that China has banned the sale of dog meat.

Gervais explained to The Mirror, that a series of disturbing photographs prompted him to speak out.

The images in question, taken of markets in Indonesia, showed reptiles and bats being sold, and dogs tortured to death. "For the sake of people and animals, wildlife trade and consumption has to end, now," he said.

He continued:

"We can't carry on exploiting animals, eating wildlife and trashing the planet. The wildlife trade and markets have to close, otherwise it will be a case of when, and not if, we have another global pandemic." Interested in more like this? Keep scrolling to find out why PETA are calling out Animal Crossing players...