Comedian Dave Chappelle received a standing ovation on Thursday at the Hollywood Bowl laughing off efforts to cancel his Netflix special “The Closer” over comments he made defending J.K. Rowling’s gender stance.
“If this is what being canceled is about, I love it,” Chappelle said as fans went wild according to Deadline.
He also stated, “I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf***er.”
“F*** Twitter. F*** NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid-ass networks,” he reportedly said according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.”
Chappelle made his comments in Los Angeles during a screening of his latest unnamed documentary. The event was sold out and hyped performances from Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Jon Hamm, Nas, Lizzo, poet Amir Sulaiman, Jeff Rose, Talib Kweli, and others.
He brought up that there were some out there that wanted “The Closer” removed from Netflix because of perceived transphobic comments he made during the show.
“They canceled J.K. Rowling – my God,” Chappelle noted during his special on Netflix. “Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as (expletive), they started calling her a TERF.”
“I’m Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact,” he remarked. “TERF” stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.”
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Chappelle was dumped on by numerous LGBTQ groups and other activists. Jaclyn Moore, who is an executive producer and showrunner for “Dear White People,” tweeted that she would no longer work with Netflix until they put an end to transphobic comments in their programming.
“I told the story of my transition for @netflix and @most’s Pride week. It’s a network that’s been my home on @DearWhitePeople. I’ve loved working there. I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content. I love so many of the people I’ve worked with at Netflix. Brilliant people and executives who have been collaborative and fought for important art… But I’ve been thrown against walls because, ‘I’m not a ‘real’ woman.’ I’ve had beer bottles thrown at me. So, @Netflix, I’m done,” Moore angrily tweeted.
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 piled on with a statement via Twitter, declaring, “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.”
The National Black Justice Coalition, which is a civil rights advocacy group focused on the LGBTQ+ community, also called for Netflix to cancel “The Closer” over Chappelle’s remarks.
“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,” NBJC executive director David Johns told Deadline. “Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately pull ‘The Closer’ from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”
Chappelle also addressed the rapper DaBaby blowup where he made comments concerning gay people who had contracted HIV/AIDS. That led to Lollapalooza dropping him from their lineup.
“Part of the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history,” Chappelle claimed. “He once shot [19-year-old Jaylin Craig] and killed him, in Walmart. This is true.”
“DaBaby shot and killed a [man] in Walmart in North Carolina. Nothing bad happened to his career,” he added. “Do you see where I’m going with this? In our country, you can shoot and kill a [man], but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings.”
“I am not telling another joke about you until we are both sure that we are laughing together,” Chappelle said to the LGBTQ community during his special. “All I ask from your community – with all humility – will you please stop punching down on my people?”
Chappelle is loved on and offstage by people who still have a sense of humor:
Lot people crying needs to get thicker skin. Dave makes fun of everyone. Regardless who you are lol
— Kyle Ostoyic (@OstoyicKyle) October 8, 2021
That was the best line of the whole show!
— Lori (@lac8379) October 8, 2021
Anyone offended by his latest special either didn’t listen to his closing story or they’re completely missing the point.
— Danny Torregrossa (@og_danimal88) October 8, 2021
People need to toughen up
— VoodooMojo (@SabooXI) October 8, 2021
He’s the best defender of comedy alive. Everyone crying needs to develop a sense of humor. Comedy has been used to normalize things and spark conversations about things forever.
— IsThisRealLife? (@SotaPopKid) October 8, 2021
People have opinions plain and simple. Just because one opinion differs from another doesn’t mean we need to cancel shows, careers, etc. A difference in opinion should instead allow for discussion and learning. Good on Chappelle speaking his mind and owning everything he says
— SteelDaddy2401 (@Rub2401) October 8, 2021
I promise you the number of people that support THE Dave Chappelle far outweigh those that don’t. Your cancelation won’t work here.
— purple_reign (@SugarNSpice114) October 8, 2021
This guy has guts and won’t be bullied by the woke.
— EK H (@Hd4mtns) October 8, 2021
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