Following the inevitable backlash from his most recent comedy special, Dave Chappelle announced this week that he is unconcerned about being canceled: He stated of the backlash, “I love it.” In ‘The Closer,’ the comic was chastised for allegedly transphobic remarks.
The 48-year-old performer took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday night for a screening of his documentary. The sold-out crowd also watched performances by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Jon Hamm, Nas, Lizzo, poet Amir Sulaiman, Jeff Rose, Talib Kweli and more.
Speaking to the roughly 18,000 people in the crowd while wearing sneakers and a suit, Chappelle touched on the fact that a number of individuals and groups are calling for “The Closer” to be pulled from the streamer because of alleged transphobic comments he made in it, Deadline reports.
The special was hard on the LGBTQ community, as well as white people, black people, Hollywood, politicians, and just about everyone. Chappelle actually announces that he seeks a ceasefire with the LGBTQ establishment, but not before he fires off a few jokes in their direction, including taking the LGBTQ establishment to task for its attacks on rapper DaBaby and comedian Kevin Hart for their “anti-gay” comments.
Dave Chappelle jokes that DaBaby got more backlash for gay comments than he did for killing someone pic.twitter.com/UHeR79kXVB
— GlockTopickz (@Glock_Topickz) October 5, 2021
The comedian joked that DaBaby got in more trouble for his comments about gay people than he did for his involvement in a shooting a death in 2018. “In our country, you can shoot and kill a n***a, but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings.” The trans lobby and media have waged war against Chappelle for years, accusing him of being transphobic and “punching down” — all of which Chappelle has addressed by telling even more searing jokes.
“They cancelled @jk_rowling, they started calling her a TERF. I didn’t even know what that was, but I know that trans people make up words to win arguments… I’m team TERF.”
— Women’s Voices (@WomenReadWomen) October 7, 2021
“Any of you who have ever watched me know that I have never had a problem with transgender people. If you listen to what I’m saying, clearly, my problem has always been with white people,” he said.
While hilarious, nothing was sacred and really nothing was all that new in this special, but the gay mafia still called to have him blacklisted.
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
Of course the blue-tick trans activists weren’t pleased either.
Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he’s a TERF. He compared my existence to someone doing blackface. He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad.
— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021
Makes you wonder if they actually watched the final segment of the special or not…
“If this is what being cancelled is about, I love it,” Chappelle said to hoots and hollering from fans in attendance at the debut, per Deadline.
Some people don’t seem to be able to take a joke. Chappelle may walk alone, and we’re lucky to have him. Nothing Dave Chappelle said here was off limits when it comes to comedy, and everyone in the media and Hollywood who believes in free speech, free expression, artistic freedom, and the ability to openly parody authority and the powerful should be standing with him today.
At the end of his hilarious and entertaining 75 minutes, Chappelle does announce a truce. He’s also apparently taking a break from Netflix and says he is done making jokes about the fascist alphabet people. We’ll see if that holds.