Another day, another controversy stirred up by a special interest group getting their feelings hurt by something a comedian said.
Dave Chappelle, the seminal comedian who created Chappelle’s Show and wrote and starred in Half-Baked, has a new comedy special coming out for Netflix called The Closer. As you might guess, Chappelle talks about world events in a biting and incisive manner.
In the special, Chappelle speaks about several topics, as a comedian does, such as black rappers and comedians being “canceled” for comments and jokes, like Kevin Hart being strong-armed out of his Oscars hosting spot in 2020 because of jokes tweeted out over a decade ago (July 2009-2011); so troubling, very problematic. Or Dababy being removed from Lollapalooza and New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival for a weird shout-out to his fans at a Miami music festival, Rolling Loud.
With all that context in mind, Chappelle says this in his special: “In our country, you can shoot and kill a ni**a but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings,” in reference to a 2018 shooting of a rapper outside of a Walmart in Huntersville, North Carolina. “And this is precisely the disparity that I wish to discuss,” Chappelle continued on.
“I’m team TERF!” proclaimed Chappelle when referencing J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter. TERF is “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist,” which, boiled down, means that you are a feminist who believes that biological women are women and nothing else is a woman, also known as a reasonable person.
“Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth,” Chappelle correctly said. If I could offer a slight criticism, gender is made up; sex is a fact. But continue.
Remember, this is a comedy special, and these are jokes, after all. Chappelle also said that he “beat up” a lesbian in a nightclub after approaching her partner. “I whooped the toxic masculinity out of that bitch,” he said jokingly.
So, obviously, the creeps in the activist organizations are pouring out to try to cancel the most famous comedian working today.
Dear White People (an openly racist show denigrating Caucasians, mind you) executive producer Jaclyn Moore – who is very white, by the way – spoke out on Twitter, as these armchair activists are known to do:
I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.
— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021
GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – who also dabble in trans issues, of course – hopped on this nonsense:
Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree. https://t.co/yOIyT54819
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 6, 2021
You’d think that The National Black Justice Coalition would be on Dave’s side, but nope. The executive director, David Johns, wants the special taken off Netflix (even though it is currently ranked 5th in the United States). His fringe organization had this to say:
“It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform.
With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence.
Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.
Make no mistake: Black LGBTQ+ and same gender people exist – and have always existed. The fight against oppression is not a zero-sum game, and the pervasiveness of white supremacy in the United States is not an excuse for homophobia or transphobia.”
Just another instance of the weirdos on the fringes trying to ruin everything that they aren’t good enough to do themselves. The next thing you know, they’ll be protesting walking, or seeing one’s feet.