Ricky Gervais has thanked his home city for naming a garbage truck after him.
While some people might think that's not the best form of flattery, the British comedian seemed absolutely stoked at the idea of the ‘Ricky Gerwaste’ truck keeping the streets of Reading clean.
Half glass full type of guy.
He took to Twitter to thank his fans, writing: “Is there any greater honour than your hometown naming a garbage truck after you?”
Is there any greater honour than your hometown naming a garbage truck after you? 😂 pic.twitter.com/PfzEvDYdXj— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 7, 2022
Many fans agreed that the After Life creator had finally made the big leagues, with one person writing: “Just when I think I have seen it all. ... this happens.”
Another commented: “You’ve arrived.”
A third person said: “Ricky Ricky you've landed it! Your name on a lorry in these times means you're a legend (or a polished turd meh!)”
While another jokingly wrote: “No, not at all … ur own blvd is a close second.”
Maybe next we can launch a Ricky Gervwaist trainer next?
The comedy legend most recently made headlines for his controversial Netflix special SuperNature.
Many accused Gervais of making anti-trans and homophobic remarks during the stand-up show.
In one part, the comedian spoke about the transgender community, the social commentary about them and urged trans women to 'lose the c**k'.
"Oh, women. Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The ones with wombs. Those f**king dinosaurs," he said during the Netflix special.
"I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c**ks."
Later in the special, Gervais explained his reasoning behind his trans jokes.
"Full disclosure: In real life of course I support trans rights. I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights," he said.
The Netflix special was dubbed 'dangerous' by LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD for 'anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes', according to the The Independent.
After his Netflix special copped flak from critics and across social media, Gervais defended his right to joke about 'taboo' topics.
"I think that’s what comedy is for really, to get us through stuff and ideally taboo subjects, because I want to take the audience to a place it hasn’t been before, even for a split second," he said as per the The Independent.
He also sat down with The Spectator to chat about the backlash.
"My target wasn't trans folk, but trans activist ideology. I've always confronted dogma that oppresses people and limits freedom of expression," Gervais said.
"It was probably the most current, most talked about, taboo subject of the last couple of years. I deal in taboo subjects and have to confront the elephant in the room."
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