(Video Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher)
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher vigorously defended comedian Dave Chappelle over his recent Netflix special where he made what critics are calling “transphobic” remarks while supporting author J.K. Rowling’s stance that gender is based on fact.
Maher acknowledged Friday night that the comedian was in “hot water” over his comments during “The Closer,” where he declared himself as being on “team TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist). Employees at Netflix have ripped their employer for supporting Chappelle.
There was some discord from his audience as he defended Chappelle.
“What the f*** was that reaction?” Maher asked his audience. “Everyone needs to Netflix and chill the f*** out on this one.”
“Really? Dave’s special is offensive but not the show where the Koreans murder each other for money?” Maher sneered, referencing the Netflix series “Squid Game.”
It's that period in late October when you can be excited about your Halloween costume because it hasn't gotten you cancelled yet. pic.twitter.com/UMYp5IPihq
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 23, 2021
“I think people jump to conclusions, people haven’t seen it. Just because people call Dave ‘transphobic’ doesn’t mean that he is. Also, Larry? Not a real cable guy,” he quipped.
“Well, get used to this because we’re going to be talking about it a lot here,” Maher warned his audience. “We can’t be afraid to speak in America.”
Later during the show, Maher came back to the discussion of Chappelle. He criticized the “one true opinion” pushed by the “woke” mob. He bluntly said it just doesn’t exist.
“I’m a free-speech guy,” Maher declared. “Now, I’m Team Dave but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-trans. We can have two thoughts in our head at the same time.”
John McWhorter, who is the author of “Woke Racism,” took exception with the concept of “power differentials” and that anyone who doesn’t follow the popular consensus is deemed a “moral pervert and you must be defenestrated and be chased out of the public square.”
“That’s what we’re up against,” McWhorter stated. “So that’s why there are some people who believe there’s one truth. They think they found the final solution. They think they are [philospher Immanuel] Kant. They aren’t.”
Maher told McWhorter, who is a linguist, that “words have meaning, but not anymore.”
“When I hear ‘transphobic,’ ‘phobic’ has a meaning. Fear. I’m not transphobic if I merely disagree with you. It’s not hate,” Maher posited. “One of the reactions from someone who worked at Netflix said, ‘This is not an argument with two sides.’ Well, right away you lost me. ‘It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be.’ Well, that’s just ridiculous. Dave Chappelle does not want you to not be alive.”
“Amen,” former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stated in agreement.
“You know, you’re not automatically right if you’re trans,” Maher added. “You’re completely equal, you’re just not automatically right and it doesn’t behoove everybody to get their mind around very new changes, I mean, we were boys and girls for a very long time. It’s only been ten years since – how long have we had gay marriage, you know? I mean, talk about the Democratic voter, I’m sure there’s a guy in Ohio going, ‘I just got on board with gay marriage, could you give me a minute?’”
“This idea that we’re not any gender when we’re born is very new and very radical that you’re born, it’s just jump ball! … That’s a very new idea and I’m not sure if I’m down with all of it and I don’t have to be,” he contended.
McWhorter pointed out that the members of the woke mob “think themselves as ahead of the curve” and as “indicating some sort of higher wisdom” but in reality have a “very simple way of looking at things,” equating their outlook to the logic of a “5-year-old.”
Yang piped up, stating, “Being a comedian seems like a really, really tough job. I think we can agree that comedians’ primary role is to entertain, and it’s sometimes to make us think. But no one thinks it’s a comedian’s role to tell us how to think, or what to think, and attributing that role to Dave or any other comedian doesn’t serve art, the artist or society at all.”
Maher brought up the Rotten Tomatoes score on “The Closer.” They gave the special a 43 percent approval rating among critics, but in contrast, 95 percent of the audience approved of the show.
“It says a lot about the differentiation between real people,” Maher noted.
The host then went after NPR over their review of Chappelle’s special. In it, NPR accused the comedian of “using white privilege to excuse his homophobia and transphobia.”
“Wait, now Dave Chappelle can have white privilege? I’m really confused now,” Maher snarked. “Can someone explain that to me? Where does this insanity come from? … I’ve done three editorials on white loathing. It’s like a kink. White people needing to hate themselves. It’s like the guy likes to be whipped and told he’s a worm by some woman with a high heel in his neck. Isn’t it?”
Maher also brought up the walkout that was organized by trans Netflix employees. He was stunned that Netflix “has a lot of trans people working there.”
“Isn’t that a story in itself? You know, doesn’t that say this company is pretty enlightened to begin with? I mean, sometimes you can ask for too much, even if you’re a minority,” he said, adding, “Crazy-thought talk, I know.”
People on social media agree with Maher and are definitely on Chappelle’s team:
If you think Dave is transphobic, watch the special in question.
If you still think he is transphobic,
You’re a fucking idiot.
— WilliamBrady12x (@williambrady12x) October 23, 2021
“Not everything needs to be political. Do you want to heal America? Just shut the Fuck up for a while.”@billmaher
— DennySig (@DennySig) October 23, 2021
People who are complaining about the show, haven’t watched the whole thing. He is a comedian and no one is safe. His story about Daphne was very touching and completely reverses what the trans community is saying. People need to learn to laugh at themselves again.
— HerefortheComments (@HerefortheC) October 23, 2021
Thank you Dave for telling the world disagreement is not always about hate. The average person listening to all of this nonsense can’t speak out any longer & be heard but you have a platform to do so.
— TBL (@TBL14726229) October 23, 2021
@billmaher exactly! Guess what? Ppl can think/say whatever they want, as long as not threatening lives,”true” hate speech, we can’t force ppl to like everyone! Ppl R allowed to not approve of others
— Colleen Daley (@Colleen03777489) October 23, 2021
Finally we have to learn how to laugh at ourselves no matter who or what you are.
— Larry Izzard (@IzzardLarry) October 23, 2021
Agreed. This is dumb era where everyone is so toxic and makes a big deal of everything
— AnthonyF (@AntonioFerdi88) October 23, 2021
The irony is that the left created the “woke” mob and cancel culture. Now they are trying to combat against their own mess
— JP (@JP47905880) October 23, 2021
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