Ricky Gervais gets huge backlash for divisive Jessica Yaniv Halloween tweet

Comedian Ricky Gervais is well-known for his forthright tweets and edgy comedy, which divides opinions at times.

But now the creator of Extras and The Office has faced a barrage of abuse on Twitter over his Halloween tweet.

He wrote: “I was going to dress up as something weird and creepy for my Halloween party, but I’m bucking the trend this year and I’m going as brave female activist Jessica Yaniv.

“This also means I don’t have to wax my big old hairy balls.”

Jessica, whose original name was Jonathan, is a controversial transgender woman who has also become a divisive figure online.