Dave Chappelle is hearing a lot of opinions these days. The comedian’s controversial Netflix special The Closer sparked heated debate after transphobic comments by the comedian were shared across the internet.
Joe Rogan discussed the controversy on his latest Joe Rogan Experience with guest Michael Malice. Chappelle’s fellow comedian came to Chappelle’s defense. Rogan is no stranger to controversy on his show, either.
“He’s just, you know, riding out the storm. He’s not a homophobic or transphobic person. He makes fun of himself. There’s a bit in that special about him getting molested and jerking off on a man’s face or c*mming in a man’s face. Look, it’s fun. It’s just making jokes. That doesn’t mean hate. This is the problem with today: if you don’t have an enemy, you make an enemy. And this is a real problem with people. We look for things.”
Rogan joins Netflix co-CEO Ted Sardanos in showing his support for Chappelle publicly. Outraged trans Netflix employees and their allies are staging a walkout to protest.
Rogan went on to continue to heap praise on Dave Chappelle. He said that the comedian is a lovely person when you get down to it. Former American Presidential candidate Andrew Yang also has Dave Chappelle’s back.
Chappelle is not sweating the controversy. He and Pharrell Williams were recently barred from holding an event at a Virginia facility as a part of the backlash against Chappelle.
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