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Ricky Gervais arrives at the Weinstein Netflix after party following the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2015. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)
The lefty comedian says social equality means it’s okay to make fun of Caitlyn Jenner.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R icky Gervais finds it baffling that mentioning freedom of speech increasingly gets you branded as right-wing. Gervais isn’t on the right. He’s a good old social-democratic progressive Trump hater. But he thinks comedians should be able to joke about anything. Ten minutes ago, this wasn’t controversial. “Freedom of speech shouldn’t even be a political issue,” he says. “Everyone on every side should agree with that. . . . It’s odd that it became politicized.”

On a recent edition of the Daily Beast’s podcast The Last Laugh, Gervais made an appearance to promote his seriocomic Netflix series After Life (the first two


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