Dave Chappelle, has been under fire for his controversial comments he made about the trans community in The Closer. The National Black Justice Coalition called on Netflix to remove Dave Chappelle’s special from the platform for his comments. Chappelle himself made fun of cancel culture and said that he is loving being cancelled.
In his new Netflix special Chappelle prominently mentioned his friend, Daphne Dorman, who is a trans woman and fellow comedian. In The Closer, he mentioned Dorman and told a story about how she defended him from criticism he’d received for his 2019 Netflix special Sticks & Stones as some of his jokes on it were labeled transphobic too. Chappelle stated on The Closer Daphne took her own life in October 2019.
Some people think that Chappelle may be using his friendship with a trans woman to get out of trouble for his transphobic jokes. However, her sisters have come to his defense and called him an LGBTQ ally.
“Daphne was in awe of Dave’s graciousness. She did not find his jokes rude, crude, off-coloring, off-putting, anything. She thought his jokes were funny. Daphne understood humor and comedy—she was not offended. Why would her family be offended?” Dorman’s sister, Becky, wrote in a text message to the Daily Beast.
Dave Chappelle, meanwhile, has said that he is unapologetic about his comments and it doesn’t look like he’s gonna back down from it.
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