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Dave Chappelle Accused of Transphobia and Using ‘White Privilege’ Following the Release of His New Comedy Special

'The Closer' is Chappelle's sixth special for Netflix

Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special has sparked controversy following its release on Netflix on Tuesday.

The comedian discusses his views on both gay rights and race in “The Closer,” his sixth special filmed in Detroit. 

In a review for NPR, Eric Deggans wrote, “Too often in ‘The Closer,’ it just sounds like Chappelle is using white privilege to excuse his own homophobia and transphobia. And the message Chappelle has for those who have criticized him about transphobic, homophobic or any other phobic jokes seems to be: Race trumps all.”

During his special, Chappelle tells a story of almost getting into a fight with a gay man, who called the police.

“He picked up his phone and he called the police,” Chappelle told the Detroit crowd. “And this, this thing I’m describing as a major issue that I have with that community. Gay people are minorities until they need to be white again.”

At another point, Chappelle said, “Clearly my problem has always been white people. I’ve been arguing with the whites my entire career.”

Toward the end of the special, Chappelle said he will stop joking about “LQBTQ” topics. 

“I’m done talking about it,” Chappelle says. “All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people?”

This move also displeased Deggans, who wrote, That line, with all of its terrible assumptions about who ‘your community’ is and who ‘my people’ are, just made me terribly angry and disappointed. Because untangling homophobia, transphobia, racism and white privilege requires a lot more effort and understanding than Chappelle makes here.”

The comedian’s comments about transgenderism were also denounced publicly by GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition and members of the LGBTQ community. 

“They canceled J.K. Rowling, my God,” Chappelle says in the special. “Effectually she said gender was a fact, and then the trans community got mad as s—. They started calling her a TERF.”

He adds that he is on “Team TERF” — which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminists.

“I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective.”

Jaclyn Moore, writer and co-showrunner for “Dear White People,” said on Twitter and Instagram that she would no longer work with Netflix.

“After the Chappelle special, I can’t do this anymore. I won’t work for @netflix again as long as they keep promoting and profiting from dangerous transphobic content,” wrote Moore, who documented her own transition during COVID-19 lockdown on social media. 

“What I really want is I want companies to hire trans people to work there who can say, ‘Hey, we sure about this?’” Moore told Variety. “The fact of the matter is there are very rarely trans people in those rooms and yet we are so often the subject of the derision. We’re very rarely in any decision-making positions. And I think that’s my bigger concern.”

At a sold-out screening of “Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary” at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 7, Chapelle said, “I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf—er.”

“If this is what being canceled is about, I love it,” Chappelle told the crowd. “F— Twitter. F— NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.”

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7 responses to “Dave Chappelle Accused of Transphobia and Using ‘White Privilege’ Following the Release of His New Comedy Special”

  1. JimmyTheG says:

    Tribes are already here, and it’s going to get way worse. I’ve been telling people at work, our generations fort sumpter is around the corner

  2. Wolv256 says:

    So. I accuse NPR of straightphobia.

  3. MontyLalado says:

    Anyone else notice the two purple haired land whales that were pretty close to the front and not laughing, wonder if they worked for some liberal rag

  4. MontyLalado says:

    That’s it, revoke his n word pass

  5. pandusa says:

    Dave Chapelle has said some things that pissed me off and I disagreed with. That having been said, I think he is funny and he makes me THINK and laugh. It seems like some of my thinking originates from someone in my orbit pissing me off and maybe… that is a good thing. That is what other opinions are for…thought. If you ain’t a crybaby…no pacifier is required.

  6. mjpluth says:

    Fuck these people. It wasn’t his best standup but I understand the point he was trying to make. These fucking people need to relax and get some thicker skin. Life’s good.

  7. MrTreestan says:

    Hell Ya, I watched it last night and it put a smile on my face. If you actually listen to what Chappelle said, he explains were all living a Human Experience. Part of being a Human is suffering, those who actually have an attention span longer than a goldfish understand this. Chappelle roasts everyone white, black, green, yellow, gay, straight. Only the weirdos in the Trans cult go after people with impunity making threats and cancelling. These people don’t get comedy. He ends the standup with a story about his trans friend Daphne. She strayed from the cult and got sh!t on. A couple of days later she jumped off a building to her death. I try to be accepting of all, but these losers thrive off divisions and creating tribes…