Dave Chappelle has been in hot water for blabbering about Transgender rights and making jokes on them in 2021. Chappelle’s Netflix special had some sore comments about LGBTQ+ community which was not well taken by the masses.
Now Patton Oswalt, a comedic great on his own, claims to support Transgender rights amid Dave Chappelle’s NYE performance. Patton and Dave have known each other since they were teenagers and share a great friendship. Patton Oswalt has expressed an apology by sharing some reflections when discussing his longtime friendship with Dave Chappelle.
The comic was catching some backlash over the past couple days for a set of photos he posted on Instagram. It was a picture with Dave and people were quick to assume that Patton holds the same views as Dave about the LGBTQ+ community. Patton had to come on Instagram again and explained himself.
“He’s a fellow comedian, the funniest I’ve ever met. I wanted to post a pic & an IG story about it — so I did. The friend is Dave Chappelle. Thirty four YEARS we’ve been friends, We’ve done bad & good gigs, open mikes & TV tapings.”
“He’s refocused and refined ideas a lot of us took as settled about race & history & Life On Planet Earth and spun them around with a phrase or punchline. We’ve done bad & good gigs, open mikes & TV tapings. But we also 100% disagree about transgender rights & representation. we 100% disagree about transgender rights & representation. I support trans peoples’ rights — ANYONE’S rights — to live safely in the world as their fullest selves.”
Patton isn’t going to just discard Dave’s remarks completely whom he says he’s known for over 3 decades. Although he does make a point about their completely different stands over the transgender issue. He even apologized later for deleting posts in the comment thread of his post with Chappelle.
Pat finishes by writing what seems to be a heartfelt statement. It says “I’m an LGBTQ ally. I’m a loyal friend. There’s friction in those traits that I need to reconcile myself, and not let cause feels of betrayal in ANYONE else.”
This just shows how people can hang out with each other and still have a very individualistic mindset. Not often does a grown person induce similar thoughts and views just by simply being friends with others.