Dave Chappelle to the trans community: ‘I am not bending to anybody’s demands’

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The latest Dave Chappelle controversy has been mishandled at every level. It could have been an opportunity for the trans community to have a nuanced, educational national conversation about transphobia in art and comedy, and the commercialization of transphobia and whether corporations have the responsibility to edit and censor themselves. I still believe those conversations are worth having, and I hope that’s what comes out of this utter debacle. But instead of focusing on all of that, we have Netflix’s Ted Serandos running interference for a transphobic artist and defending hate speech. We also have Chappelle gleefully trying to make this into a bigger controversy, like he’s getting off on punching down on a marginalized community.

Netflix has its own sh-t to work out, clearly, and they have a responsibility to clean up their largely self-made mess. But Dave Chappelle? Chappelle’s agenda is not the same. Chappelle issued a video “response” to the now weeks-long controversy over his Netflix special, The Closer. Some quotes from the video:

He said what he said: “It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true — if they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about. I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”

It’s about corporate interests: “I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it that it’s me versus that community, that is not what it is. Do not blame the LBGTQ [sic] community for any of this sh-t. This has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say. For the record, and I need you to know this, everyone I know from that community has been loving and supporting, so I don’t know what all this nonsense is about.”

He’s being excluded from film festivals. “This film that I made was invited to every film festival in the United States and some of those invitations I accepted. When this controversy came out about ‘The Closer,’ they began disinviting me from these film festivals. And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”

His conditions for meeting with the trans community: “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

[From Variety]

Chappelle’s half-assed play here is that he’s the outsider/rebel who is being censored and cancelled for his controversial and iconoclastic views. When he actually is a grown-ass man who stopped being funny years ago and now clings to transphobic and homophobic “comedy” for attention. Beyond the Netflix side of things – that’s a corporate problem – the Chappelle issue is one where he simply needs to be ignored. I know he won’t be and I know there will continue to be a “culture war” about this online. But truly, just stop giving him attention. Stop feeding this has-been’s f–ked up martyr complex.

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  1. Jais says:

    “You must come at a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing.”
    Gross. This whole story hurts.

    • Saartjie says:

      …and you must agree to cancel Hannah Gadsby. WTF?

      • Twin falls says:

        Wtf going after Hannah Gadsby?

      • Sondra Jackson says:

        That is not what he said

      • Ange says:

        And yet, Sondra, that’s exactly what is happening. Hannah Gadsby had nothing to do with this until she was dragged in by Netflix and now all her social media is filled with clowns coming at her because of Dave. He knew what he was doing.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Hands off our beautiful Hannah who is radiant and righteous. Hands off.

        F*ck him upside down and backwards with JKR’s left elbow. He is nothing. He’s just another irrelevant blowhard.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      It’s disgusting. “I’m more than willing to give you an audience”–how magnanimous of Dave. His entire set of conditions, as well as the tone of the whole thing, make it clear he has no interest in listening or learning about how harmful his comments are. And calling out Hannah Gadsby when Ted Sarandos already used her as a human shield to defend Netflix’s actions is just…ugh. Attacking a member of the LGBTQ community because she told Ted Sarandos to stop using her to defend himself.

      Chappelle knows he’s insulated from real consequences, unlike so many trans people. He’s cruel & he’s trolling us all.

    • Christine says:

      It is gross, so gross.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    I have no words. what an utter a**.
    also, do not come for Hannah Gadsby! Nanette was excellent and a example of being funny whilst not punching down.

  3. Silver Charm says:

    You won’t make demands of me but here are demands of you. Also, you can invite me but not summon me and you can come to me at a place of my choosing.

    Just…what?

    He’s not even making sense, just getting off on being cruel and being egged on for it. Hes sick.

    • Tessa says:

      yeah, wtf was that? Who does he think he is?

    • Kate says:

      I haven’t seen the video but it reads like he is trying to be funny and make a joke out of it. It sounds like his humor, with the Hannah Gadsby part intended to be where he gets the laugh. Har har

  4. Wiglet Watcher says:

    This needs to blow up on Netflix.
    Once Netflix sees he isn’t profitable they’ll drop him. And wasn’t the last time Chappelle was funny right before he left Chappelle show?

    • Jules says:

      Oh it’s definitely profitable, all press is good press.

    • sunny says:

      No- some of his specials have been really good but his most recent work has dropped off. I do wonder if it is because he is so isolated among wealthy friends and those who shares his views that he no longer has any self-awareness? Being self-aware is really important for a comic.

      Anyway, this whole thing is disgusting and his continued hatefulness is really sad to see.

  5. Marian says:

    This what I think people like Chapelle don’t understand: Trans people are not going to give in and bend to anyone else’s demands either. They are not going to give up and stop calling out transphobia and demanding to be treated like any other woman or man. The Black Community didn’t roll over, the Gay Community didn’t roll over and neither will the Trans Community. Trans people are not giving up and hiding anymore.

    • Xoxo says:

      The black community didn’t roll over, the black community was beaten down (literally in many cases) for decades, persisted, and eventually are at a somewhat decent place. Yet, systemic oppression and racism are still stumbling blocks. I think Chappell believes that trans people must go through discrimination in equal measure before they have the right to complain, which is a f-cking twisted way to look at things. In his mind, Chapelle is playing in the oppression olympics.

      • MoonTheLoon says:

        That’s exactly it. Because you know that the minute someone came out saying similar about the Black community, he’ll be one of the loudest voices calling for that person’s head. As well he should. But quid pro quo, mate. It is not ok to punch down just because you’re being punched down upon. It’s not a fecking competition. Sucks, I was just starting to see the point of some of his comedy and liking him more. No big loss. Good riddance.

      • lolk says:

        If that’s what he believes, then wow he knows nothing of trans history then. Because we’ve been fighting for our rights for at least a century, we’ve persisted and we’re now at a somewhat decent place in some countries.

        He probably believes trans people were invented in the 21st century lmao bye transphobe

  6. Jennifer says:

    What a jerk. I do not give a shit about his opinions any more. Why would anyone want to meet with him. He enjoys spouting mean opinions and apparently making bank off them. Why waste your time.

  7. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    I never liked him since he made jokes about R. Kelly raping a 15 year-old, arguing that 15 is too old to allow a man to do that to you.
    He’s working out his attraction to trans women on stage in the way many men do without a stage: abuse and violence.

    • MF1 says:

      In addition to transphobia, I think he has a misogyny problem. See also: the Hannah Gadsby comment.

      • Truthiness says:

        The rumor was that Gadsby said either he leaves or I leave to Sarandos. Dave is aware of this so she is included in the back and forth.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      I hadn’t consciously made that connection and it’s so true. It’s a part of why I find it so upsetting. I’m cis and I got so much backlash & judgment when I dated a trans womxn. Obviously my experience was nothing compared to the trans misogyny targeted at her.
      But yeah… it’s so disturbing see this play out on a stage and be celebrated by transphobic viewers.

    • Maggie says:

      Spot on.

  8. Lightpurple says:

    I stand with Hannah Gadsby.

    Okay, maybe not standing because if she starts up about art history again, I will lose it and lose all control of my limbs so I’ll be on the floor laughing myself into an asthma attack, but I’m with Hannah on this.

    And Chappelle, if Hannah’s take on the world makes you & your new pal Ben Shapiro uncomfortable, that’s YOUR problem.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      I stand with Hannah Gadsby too!💜
      And Lili Elbe & Martha P. Johnson & Claude Cahun & Sylvia Rivera and all the trans people who put their safety at risk helping create a safer world for the LGBT+ community. There’s still so much work to be done. But one day, someday all LGBT+ kids will always feel safe and all the space they need to flourish as they grow up. It mightn’t happen in my lifetime but I know it will happen one day.

    • Truthiness says:

      It’s not that Hannah’s view of the world makes Dave uncomfortable. It’s that she is insisting Netflix never work with Chappelle again or she is leaving Netflix.

      • Wilma says:

        I can’t find anywhere that she did that. She did release a statement in response to the Netflix statement that they offer a home both to her and Chapelle (and some other shows) asking to not have her name dragged into a statement that defended having Chapelle’s show on Netflix.

  9. Miranda says:

    When you make deliberately unreasonable demands as to where, when, and how the queer community can express their opinions, yeah, I guess the ones you deign to acknowledge are bound to be pretty fucking supportive. Most trans people, especially those of color, are a little preoccupied with trying to fucking STAY ALIVE to grovel for acceptance from someone who has clearly already made up his mind about them being subhuman.

  10. Jocelyn2 says:

    I mean, he’s allowed his opinions. It’s an opinion that many other people have. He shouldn’t be cancelled for it. You have the right not to watch him, and not support him. You don’t have to think another thought about him. But people can have an opinion even if it’s not something you like or agree with.

    • Maria says:

      Unfortunately these attitudes and words encourage murderers and people who perpetrate hate crimes. That is a fact.
      Different opinions are okay for things like movies and pizza. Denying humanity is another thing.

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      Well, yeah no sh!t. Chappelle is whining that we shouldn’t express our negative opinions about his transphobia. This is why we’re here. This is why Kaiser wrote the post. He’s pissed that people who are offended by his transphobia are expressing their opinions.

      Why do some people always use this argument when discussing cAnCEL culTURe? We’re only having the conversation because the offender is butthurt that people dare express negative opinions.

    • Katherine says:

      Nope. Hate is not an opinion. It’s hate. Have a seat and reflect on why you chose to make this awful comment.

    • MrsBanjo says:

      He hasn’t been canceled, Jocelyn. At all. The Netflix employees suspended for even commenting critically about him understand more about being canceled than he does.

      This talking point that you’re using only serves the purpose of silencing those Chapelle is targeting. Stop.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yes, I agree!! @ Jocelyn what Chappelle is doing is wrong!!! Chappelle is fueling the flames of hatred and trying to dehumanize a group of people that have suffered and will continue to suffer at the hands of those who openly are transphobic!! Have you NOT seen the brutal attacks on AAIP that were assaulted, beaten and in some cases killed due to Drumpfs accusation about the coronavirus being the Chinese virus? Or the outright incident in front of millions of people making fun of a disabled man? Or how about stoking they fires of racism to the point that POC were and are suffering greatly at the hands of racist who feel emboldened to assault and attack POC??
        Have you been asleep the last 6 years that have shown an increase of over 670% of HATE crimes? Or not read of women that are trans and are WOC being brutally killed for being trans? Chappelle is encouraging hatred which will give transphobic people to take action against a marginalized group, all for the sake of Chappelle telling everyone that they are not worthy of living their lives free from harm!!

    • josephine says:

      People need to stop hiding behind “having an opinion” when it comes to human beings. We each have a right to be here, each have a right to exist, each have a right to live, work, enjoy the basics in life.

      Your comment made me immediately think of the Nazis, whose “opinions” included that multiple groups of people did not deserve to dress a certain way, work, live in certain areas, go to school, retain ownership of their homes, businesses, and possessions, and ultimately, to live. These opinions are killing people, at startling rates. And as a country we don’t care because too many people have convinced themselves that certain groups are not worth as much as others.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      @Jocelyn2 I suggest you look up the work of Kat Blaque, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Read Audre Lorde’s words, she offers beautiful insights on the importance of intersectionality.
      My trans sisters deserve to be safe, alive and thriving. Their liberation is my liberation. No womxn can be truly free until we are all free. That isn’t my opinion that’s just a fact.

    • Tanya says:

      Who’s canceling him? He’s acting like a child because people are calling out his hateful words. The only people “canceled” are the Netflix employees who are disgusted with him.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      allowed his opinion, sure. as we are allowed ours…that he’s a hateful bigot who doesn’t deserve and IS NOT ENTITLED to a Netflix special.

      and he’s NOT canceled. is his special still on Netflix? yes? then he’s not canceled. still getting press? then he’s not canceled. still on Insta, facebook, etc? then he’s not canceled.

      and you may be able to put him out of your mind, but those of us who are trans or have trans friends or lovers CANNOT, as the language he used is not just “opinion”, but hate speech. and yes, hate speech can lead to people hating a group of people (who are already marginalized) and that can progress to violence against that group of people. how lucky you are that your hetero-privilege allows you to “not have another thought about him”.

      GIRL BYE.

    • Drea says:

      Being “cancelled” isn’t a thing. Reaping the consequences of your actions is.

      We’re all allowed to have opinions and express them. Not just Dave Chappelle

    • bears says:

      Woah there, with your reason and logic. There’s no place for those things in this conversation.

      • Maria says:

        I think you’re lost, love.
        Next you’ll be dropping the phrase “virtue-signaling” all over the discussion 😂

    • Robyn says:

      Nope. You do not get to call bigotry and denial of a person’s humanity “an opinion”. Absolutely fucking not.

    • MoonTheLoon says:

      Sure, he can have his opinion all day and night. But he also needs to understand that actions have consequences. Isn’t that what he and his buds insist on when someone talks smack on the Black community? You can’t just talk smack about one community and just shrug it off as a “joke.” Then arrogantly say that he “won’t be summoned” and they need to come to a place of his choosing at a time of his choosing. If a white person had behaved that way…ooh lord. How narcissistic and arrogant. This is Dave’s F*ck Around and Find Out moment. He was kinda a wash up already, anyway.

    • Another Anna says:

      Can you define what you mean by “canceled,” Jocelyn? Chappelle is still rich, visible, and wielding influence. He put his material out for people to consume. Critique comes with the territory.

  11. Maria says:

    Yikes! Is he not aware that Black trans women are being murdered at increasing rates yearly??

  12. StellainNH says:

    I choose not to watch his crap. He is not worth my time.

  13. Kkat says:

    My god, he is total trash.

  14. Nanz says:

    “…Hannah Gadsby is not funny.” I’m done with this m*ther f*cker.

    • MF1 says:

      That part grossed me out. There was zero reason he needed to come for a female comedian who is less famous and successful than him.

      • MarcelMarcel says:

        I think he did that because she’s a lesbian that called him out. He clearly doesn’t do well with being criticised. But yeah great job, Chapelle. First you insult trans people and then you insult the trans people & cis allies that call you out. I’m pretty sure that if any member of my 🏳️‍🌈 community agreed to a meeting he’d just use it as a way to continue bullying us.
        ETA Hannah is hilarious. I’m Australian so fingers crossed I see her live one day.

    • Merricat says:

      There’s still a certain brand of comedian who likes to tell people that women are not funny. Belushi didn’t think women were funny, for example. To still put forth that idea in the 21st century demonstrates that Chappelle is not the “cutting edge” comic he thinks he is, he’s just another old hate-anger comic trying to gin up controversy.
      God, he’s so predictable. He’s so boring.

  15. Lwt00 says:

    I’ve never seen Hannah Gadsby’s work but now I’m going to seek it out! On YouTube, that is. Fuck Netflix.

  16. Case says:

    This is gross, and especially bothers me that he is part of a marginalized community himself as a Black man and still has no compassion for trans people. I have a disability, and I’ve always felt like that makes me more understanding and concerned about other communities. I will never know what it is like to live as a Black person or a trans person, but I feel like I at least have a sense of what it is like to be treated as other and not have equal access.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      I’m white too. And I just find it heartbreaking. Black trans womxn are so disproportionately impacted by violence that they’re being murdered. I wish Chappelle had the compassion to own the negative impact of his words and do better.

  17. MarcelMarcel says:

    First of all I’d love to give a shout out to Kat Blaque and she uses platform to educate viewers.
    This year is set to be the deadliest year on record for trans people.

    Gadsby is hilarious so a white cis pansexual womxn I will be unable to take a meeting with him.

    Ignoring Chapelle won’t erase the fact that trans misogyny is still widely accepted. Trans womxn are being murdered, harassed and denied access to healthcare. His comedy is lazy, transphobic and still popular.
    He does have a comedic gift and he’s using utilising to justify bigotry on a global streaming service. I think that’s worth discussing.

  18. Lala11_7 says:

    Was NEVA a fan because I could see the cruelty oozing out of him…and I was right

    • Tessa says:

      You know, what is it with comedy writers? And not just standup, either. So many of them seem just MEAN. Not sarcastic, but MEAN. As in – “poke fun of people for looks and disabilities “mean. Gratuitously mean – half the mean things they do are neither so funny it’s a pity to cut them, nor necessary to advance the plot or make a point, and yet they do it just because they can? I don’t understand that. I guess I have gotten carried away joking at someone IRL without realizing I was pushing their limits, but I was doing it alone and off-the-cuff, and once I realized it, I felt bad. To turn around and premeditate something like that with a team of writers, and then to have tons of other people read and film it without saying a word is just… weird and MEAN.

      • Merricat says:

        There are lots of comedians who don’t engage in that kind of comedy. Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Pete Holmes–they mock people for reasons that are not congenital.

  19. MissMarirose says:

    He had one funny season of a comedy variety show (which was due in great part to Charlie Murphy) and he’s been crap ever since then.

  20. LurkyTurkey says:

    Dave Chappelle used to be the outsider he’s talking about. Now he’s an inside with millions of dollars making fun of a marginalized community. It used to be a celebration, it hasn’t been for quite some time.

  21. Rapunzel says:

    Trans community: Dave, can you not mock us because it encourages violence against us?

    Dave: I will not bend to anyone’s demands. If you want me to consider your concerns, you must jump through my hoops.

    As an intersex woman, fuck this fucker.

  22. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    The Hannah Gatsby “joke” was lazy, but effective for the crowd he’s aiming this at.
    Gatsby has been targeted by both comedians and other people in the film & TV business alike because of the ratio for Nanette on RT. In this sense as well she’s anti-Chappelle.

    I feel bad for her. She’s been dragged into this and crucified even by some normie/centrist crowds because the likes of Chappelle make it sound like she’s a part of some conspiracy to ruin the cinema or whatever.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Sorry if this common knowledge but what does the ratio of Nanette to RT mean? I haven’t heard about it. I love Hannah’s work and it’s sad to know she’s being targeted.

      • Nanny to the Rescue says:

        There’s been a lot of cases where critics and audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes don’t match. In Nanette’s case, Gatsby has 100% from critics but only 26% from audiences (the voters on RT, anyway). Chappelle is the other way around, he’s gotten, for The Closer, only 44% from the critics but 96% from the audience.

        So comedians and viewers with an axe to grind like to complain that Gatsby is not a good comedienne, only being pushed forward by the industry and it’s agenda. And vice versa for Chappelle.

        Now these two are not the only examples, but for some reason people REALLY like to pull out Nanette. More than any other example.

        No matter how you turn this, even if you believe in this conspiracy, or if you don’t find Gatsby funny, this ratio still isn’t her fault. And the way they bring her up like it is rubs me the wrong way.

  23. cowboysfan93 says:

    He is clearly bitter about walking away from that comedy central deal and that’s why he’s acting like society is what is holding back his career and not his own messed up choices.

    • Jesma says:

      No way. He has doubled and tripled down on walking away from that deal. He has talked numerous times about why he did it. Also he has made millions for all his Netflix specials. I do think he is a talented comedian, but I agree that you should never punch down. It is really unnecessary for someone with his fame and wealth. A lot of older wealthy comedians seem to really bristle at any criticism of their material.

  24. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    I love when toxic narcissist millionaires scream in a massively televised space about being “canceled” to their cheering audiences. Peak 2021. Lol

  25. Tisme says:

    Dave Chapelle is the equivalent of human garbage. Done.

  26. Marla Singer says:

    He needs to meet with the trans community and hear their stories. One person doesn’t represent a whole community. Like Candace ownens doesn’t represent the whole black community. So his story about one trans person doesn’t either. He needs to be more supportive and sympathetic!!!

    • Haylie says:

      He doesn’t care. Part of his comedy act is using the corpse of a white trans woman as his personal “trans friend” who thinks his TERF comedy is funny to justify his harm towards the black trans community.

      He truly is a piece of shit. Anti LGBTQ and also anti-black.

  27. Valerie says:

    Truly a rebel without a cause. What a loser.

  28. MarcelMarcel says:

    Oh that makes sense! I’m a queer Aussie, I love her and so do all my friends. So it didn’t even occur to me that she’d have low ratings from online commenters.
    Hannah’s a butch lesbian… she wouldn’t be traditionally considered a bankable star by patriarchal lesbophobic society. So it rubs me the wrong way too. Especially since there’s countless examples of bigots organising smear campaigns by going online to leave bad reviews. So they bully anyone who doesn’t neatly fit narrow heteronormative Eurocentric standards. (the Ghosbusters reboot springs to mind. As well as how Kelly Marie Chan and John Boyega were treated. But there is countless examples).
    I really don’t think producers who would book her unless she was popular enough to make them money.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      @Nanny the rescue this was meant to be a reply to you, sorry! Must have forgot to hit the reply button.

  29. Stef says:

    The way this whole thing is being handled is just…wrong. Chapelle is coming across as a transphobic, stubborn ahole with a god complex.

    I watched his special and a lot of it was downright horrible.

    There is one thing that stood out (beyond all the hate) and something that makes an interesting point:

    Why has the LGTBQ2+ community been able to make such advances in modern society for acceptance, and yet African American racism and killings are still rampant in our society? People are outraged when the LGTBQ2+ community is offended or insulted, yet racism towards the black community is only mildly reprimanded? Yes, the Black Lives Matter et all movement has made advances in learning and awareness, but not enough…

    • Emma says:

      That is not an interesting point. Audre Lorde’s essay “There is no hierarchy of oppression” probably explains it better than I could.

      Transgender women of color are being victimized and murdered regularly with almost no attention or action from the government. Black Trans people exist. The groups are not in opposition.

      Dave Chappelle is being an asshole out of ignorance and meanness. Don’t defend this. It’s not “an interesting point.”

    • Maria says:

      It is understandable that people might casually think that Black issues do not encompass LGTBQI issues because white members of the latter group have often not made the space for/amplified the voices and experiences of/emphasized the need for safety and security of the Black and other POC of that movement (of course that is not correct but the lack of representation makes a difference, the steamrolling of Marsha P Johnson’s legacy, which thankfully is now being better illuminated in the mainstream, is one example).
      But all that means is that it is incumbent on people to amplify those voices and experiences more and demand their safety, not double down on the ignorance that he is showing and proud to emphasize.

    • STRIPE says:

      To me the answer to that is simple: there are many white LGBTQ2+ people, so the community is seen as more worthy of protection by our predominantly white political and media power structures.

      Of course that is a very general answer, there is a great deal of intersectionality to consider (obviously black trans women don’t feel very protected by their LGBTQ+ identity for example) but I would say, overall, that because white people can be LGBTQ+, they have seen faster advances.

      • Maria says:

        “I would say, overall, that there are a great many white voices in the LGBTQ2+ community and that helped their advances.”
        That’s what his point is. And I would venture he might be convinced Hannah Gadsby is part of that group, which along with her statement about him is why he mentioned her (although I think her request not to be involved in pretending to defend him is fair).
        Unfortunately that argument still ignores the other side of the coin, the intersectionality that you mentioned, which at this point in his diatribes is an aspect he is wilfully ignoring, not exploring.

      • superashes says:

        Intersectionality doesn’t disturb the point that the black community should have the same social support and rate of progress on race matters that exists for the LGBTQ+ community.

        While I might disagree with how he went about making it, I don’t disagree with his ultimate point.

      • Maria says:

        Sure. That particular point is very valid. But his arguments do demonstrate a blind spot as you mentioned above.

  30. Jane Wilson says:

    I don’t know if any of you have seen or participated in any of Chappelle discussions (the sort of middle-aged white people convos reacting to stories on The Daily Beast, Slate, Salon etc) which are awash in white guy defense of Chappelle…saying stuff like:…if you don’t like it, you’re an asshole/it’s not anti-trans/he had a FRIEND who was trans and she died and he really cared/shut up with your PC bullshit/ get a sense of humour/it’s the funniest thing I ever saw/ if you don’t like it, don’t watch it and in the meantime SHUT UP.
    What’s extraordinary is the numbers of them, their level of love for Chappelle and utter hatred of critics. And their secret insider knowledge that NONE OF IT IS UGLY AND MEAN AND BITTER.
    They’re like Trumpsters grateful to their god for making being an asshole fresh and new and totally acceptable.

    • Stef says:

      Well said, Jane. I agree completely and it’s both scary and f*cking disgusting! The Trumper analogy is bang on…

    • Robyn says:

      Seeing Jon Stewart come to his defense with this and a “he’s a good man” cherry on top was both disappointing and unsurprising.

    • kimberly says:

      can’t stand the jerks on both sides…..give me the non-screaming adults that know the difference between facts and opinions

  31. SM says:

    I may have missed his prime. But in the last 5-10 years I have been paying attention, I never got the hype around him. I assumed that is my european/jewish sense of humour that fails to connect to him but I just never got why he is funny or interesting. The last time I tried is when I listened to what he had to say about George Floyd and walked away totally unimpressed.

  32. Robert says:

    Do you know how much strength and courage it takes for these men and women to get dressed in the morning and leave the house. I keep hearing about the proud boys, and the oath keepers wanting to start a new civil war. None of them have a third of the courage of these transgender men and women. And I think Chappell and all the other ignorant ones know it. I would much rather be in a foxhole with a transgender person than any of these crybaby snowflakes. Because they don’t ever give up. They just keep getting up the next day and doing it all over again.

  33. Ann says:

    How disappointing. He was really funny at one time. One of the funniest bits he did was a Rick James imitation, and a bit where he was hanging out with Wayne Brady and Wayne Brady turned out to be a crazy violent pimp. To be fair, Brady did most of the comic heavy lifting in that sketch.

  34. MaryBeary says:

    STFU Dave

  35. lolk says:

    Wew lawd! This is so funny. He’s such a bitter hasbeen, god bless. He clearly has a lot of hatred in his heart for trans women and he’s trying to pass it as a joke. Nah, Dave. We been knew. Don’t try to drag Black people into this.

    Hannah Gadsby is hilarious. It’s so lovely seeing the L, G, and the B coming in defence of the letter T. At the very least I’m getting to see beautiful LGBT solidarity and as a Black bisexual nb person, it brings tears to my eyes.

  36. Mina_Esq says:

    He has always been this way, so I’m not sure why this is only now blowing up. He seems to harbor resentment toward the LGBTQ community. He seems to particularly resent that a gay white person can still enjoy all the privileges of their whiteness, whilst a POC has no control over being marginalized. It’s a messed up view because it treats things as a zero sum game. Both communities can be marginalized and suffer at the same time. It’s not a competition to see whose pain and suffering are worse. I think he genuinely believes that he isn’t transphobic, and I do wish someone could explain things to him without just screaming at him that he is transphobic. Kind of like what Elton John did to Eminem.

    • MoonTheLoon says:

      I doubt he’d listen, sadly. He now feels attacked and heaven forfend trying to get him off his ivory tower in that situation.