Golden Globe winner Patricia Arquette has called out Ricky Gervais for refusing to apologize for his seemingly transphobic tweets.
While at BAFTA’s annual tea party red carpet, Arquette spoke to Variety about Gervais’ recent controversy. “I think it’s a really important conversation for everybody to have. Obviously, I have very strong feelings about protecting the trans community,” she said at the event held in Los Angeles last Saturday.
“I just don’t think anything’s funny about making fun of the trans community. They’re really persecuted, so I don’t think it’s funny.” The actress’s late sister Alexis Arquette is a transgender woman herself.
Her beef with Gervais didn’t end there. At the 77th Golden Globes ceremony, Arquette completely ignored Gervais’ advice to winners after telling them to avoid making political statements in their speech.
“So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and fuck off,” the comedian said. But Arquette paid no attention. In her acceptance speech for her supporting actress recognition, the star called out United States President Donald Trump saying:
“I’m so grateful to be here and celebrate this but also I know tonight, January 5, 2020, we’re not going to look back on this night … in the history books, we will see a country on the brink of war. The United States of America, a President tweeting out a threat of 52 bombs including cultural sites.”
Her statement comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran. Arquette also mentioned the bushfires that have tragically displaced citizens in Australia and caused the death of millions of wildlife.