Whenever a top comedian releases a new special that includes jokes hitting transgender people, within hours, a clip of James Acaster makes headlines for the comics.” sharp” will spread on social networks. It happens so often, sadly, it has become a stereotype.
Clip from Acaster’s 2019 special program Lasagne coldly hates himself 1999, watching British comics that often satirize “shrewd” performers like Ricky Gervais and Dave Chappelle. “They say whatever they like, sharp comedians. No one told them what they could and couldn’t say. They walk straight across the stage, sometimes to their special stuff, and do 10 solid minutes just to knock the transgenders out,” Acaster said.
Acaster rarely talks about this clip, but in an interview for The Independent, he was asked how he feels about the way that bit has been used to push back against transgender bigotry. “Well, I’m definitely glad the clip used is the complete clip… It’s kept in context, so that’s great,” Acaster added that he wasn’t particularly bothered about the backlash that he received. he faces from more enthusiastic fans. by Gervais and others. Acaster, who doesn’t use social media, said: “I didn’t see any of that, and I don’t mind either. “If it’s the people who disagree with that statement, then I don’t really mind if they’re angry about it or hate me,” he said.
Acaster added that he hopes that people don’t look to him to comment on transgender issues in comedy. “All is well and good, my comedy routine about it, [but] sometimes people talk about it as if it’s something that people keep arguing about,” he said.
He continued, “I know the controversy is a bunch of comedians saying this and so people hit back with a clip of another comedian, and I understand how relevant that is. Which and I’m talking specifically about them. But today there are a lot of excellent transgender comedians at work, and many writers and thinkers are written on the subject more clearly and better than I wear a pair of aviator glasses and a jacket. sunset. “