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.
via: imdbThe 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.
Has anybody else seen the utterly brilliant After Life by @rickygervais? It’s superbly poignant, funny, heartbreaki… https://t.co/6HkCB6YvfE— Matt Curtis (@Matt Curtis)1554583347.0
Like much of Gervais' work, though, After Life divided opinions.
After Life is so incredibly bad what is wrong with everyone? Wet eyed sentimentality with no character or plot deve… https://t.co/anIWqZVwzc— Charlie Dinkin (@Charlie Dinkin)1552221782.0
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.
via: YouTubeRicky 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.
via: YouTube"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.
via: YouTubeThis 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.
via: YouTubeThis 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...
Gervais compared identifying as trans to identifying as a chimp. Yep...
Gervais also refers to Jenner by her dead name, as he did at the Golden Globes.
Hi I'm trans and every tweet I've ever done is way funnier than anything Ricky gervais has ever said Its true— violet the confused nymph (@violet the confused nymph)1521050341.0
Trans comedian and writer, Shon Faye, criticized Gervais for his comments: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.
Have I mentioned that I don't believe in God?— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1373200080.0
Which is fine, we guess.
RICKY GERVAIS: I’m an atheist. god doesn’t exist. CROWD: (*doesnt laugh because there was literally no punchline*… https://t.co/bCIMqFA4Dq— Drew Landry (@Drew Landry)1546385305.0
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 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.
My post about the giraffe hunter was seen by 27 million people on Twitter & Facebook in just one day. Keep up the good work. It all helps :)— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1428861199.0
Ricky Gervais has even hit out at matador, Morante de la Puebla.
Una Novillada con Picadores en Guillena, Sevilla, conmemora los 25 años del Debut con caballos de Morante de la Pue… https://t.co/X8wid4wqvO— Morante de La Puebla (@Morante de La Puebla)1553940047.0
And his latest stance on animal rights is perhaps his biggest yet.
The star is urging world leaders to stake a stand and introduce a global ban...
Gervais explained to The Mirror, that a series of disturbing photographs prompted him to speak out.
Ricky destroys #AnimalTesting in less than a minute🐶👍 He explains why it doesn't work, why it still continues and w… https://t.co/i2NVX2nHIP— ANIMAL ADVOCATE Ⓥ (@ANIMAL ADVOCATE Ⓥ)1552390839.0