Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle were both the target of efforts to cancel their careers after controversies. Louis was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017 after years of rumors. He was thrown off of shows, movies he was in were cancelled, and the press ran with stories about C.K.’s alleged inappropriate behavior. Chappelle was chastised for perceived transphobic comments he made in a Netflix comedy special.

Regardless of how hard fans tried to cancel the pair, they are still receiving critical acclaim. Louis got a nomination for Best Comedy Album and Chappelle received a nod for Best Spoken Word Album. TMZ reported on the reaction of fans on Twitter.

C.K. admitted that he exposed himself and masturbated in front of women or while he spoke to them on the phone. The #MeToo movement quickly swept in and caused his professional career to come to a halt. He was making a comeback in 2019, then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, stopping the comedian’s momentum once again.

Chappelle’s comments on his ‘The Closer’ special created furor all over the place. Trans employees at Netflix staged a walkout. Eventually, several other celebrities came to Dave’s defense.


The nominations in the wake of serious controversy may well mark the ineffectiveness of cancel culture. While major efforts were made to destroy the careers of Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle, they’re still at the forefront of their industries. The recording industry obviously does not see a problem.

Dave Chappelle was even uninvited from his high school, where he was set to help with a fundraiser after students threatened to walk out. While he’s been deemed too controversial for school, the folks handing out award nominations don’t share that notion. We’ll find out more about how they feel when the Grammy Awards go down on January 31, 2022.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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