Dave Chappelle needs no introductions as far as being a stand-up comedian are concerned as his range of comedies and impeccable timing made him a huge success. Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix, called ‘The Closer,’ dropped on the streaming platform back on October 5th. Now it seems Chappelle has incited the rage of trans comedians as well.
The National Black Justice Coalition called on Netflix to remove Dave Chappelle’s special from the streaming platform for Chappelle’s harmful and transphobic remarks against the trans community.
Despite all the controversy, many have come to Dave Chappelle’s defense. This included trans comedian Flame Monroe as well. Recently, even Andrew Yang backed up Dave Chappelle. Even Bill Maher decided to decide Dave Chappelle recently.
While speaking to CNN, trans comedian Jaye McBride shared her thoughts on Dave Chappelle’s jokes on the trans community. McBride made it clear that she did not appreciate Chappelle’s jokes at all and stated that his jokes were disrespectful.
“I absolutely believe that a straight comic can tell a joke about trans people that is funny for everyone. The conditions? The joke can’t be about their genitals — Chappelle broke that rule with a particularly crude joke that invoked plant-based meat alternatives — and it can’t come from a place of disrespect.”
“Joke should only be as offensive as necessary and, if it has to offend, it needs to be funnier than it is offensive. No one should come away from a joke more offended than they are entertained. That’s what makes it a joke.”
Dave Chappelle also stated towards the end of his Netflix special that he will no longer make jokes about the trans community until “we are both sure that we are laughing together.”
Dave Chappelle also made it clear he is unapologetic regarding his transphobic comments and that is unlikely to change anytime soon from the looks of it. In the current climate, perhaps it is best for Dave Chappelle to apologize for his hurtful jokes.
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