Channing Tatum has shared his opinion regarding the recent Dave Chappelle transphobia scandal. The actor went to Instagram to post a video of a speech Chappelle gave in 2019 and shared his thoughts on the comments made on the comedian’s Netflix special, The Closer.
The Magic Mike star wrote thoughtfully about his perception of what has happened. Tatum acknowledged the harm that Chappelle’s words have caused to unknown amounts of people.
“I understand that Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about at the moment. I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people with things he has said.”
Tatum referred to Chappelle’s speech from the 2019 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, awarded at the famous Kennedy Center. In the video posted to Tatum’s Instagram story, Dave Chappelle discussed humor as an art form. The original video was posted earlier by comedian DL Hughley.
In the controversial Netflix special, Chappelle declared himself “team TERF.” TERF is an acronym that means “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.” Chappelle then went on to make comments about his belief in only two genders. Tatum expressed his disappointment, but shared an optimistic outlook on Chappelle’s potential to recover.
“Any human can hurt someone (usually cause they’re hurt) but any human can heal and heal others just the same. This little piece healed me back in the day. I can’t forget that.”
The furor over Chappelle’s special even led to the firing of a trans Netflix employee which then led to a planned employee walk-out. Netflix co-CEO Ted Serandos has repeatedly expressed his support for the comedian.
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