After releasing yet another Netflix special that insults and belittles trans people, the comedian took his show to the public, performing in front of a sold-out audience at Los Angeles' famous Hollywood Bowl.
“If this is what being canceled is like, I love it,” Chappelle told the crowd as they gave him a standing ovation.
“Fuck Twitter. Fuck NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks,” he said. “I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.”
Real-life is apparently a place he thinks trans people don’t exist. Instead, it’s the place where millionaire celebrities keep getting richer for saying the same old hate they’ve been saying for years.
Chappelle’s latest special, The Closer, includes a segment where he proudly calls himself a TERF, and says “gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact.”
He continued, saying that he can’t stand trans people and “newer gays.” “I don’t hate gay people, I respect the shit out of you. Not all of you,” he said in the special. “I’m not that fond of these newer gays — too sensitive, too brittle. I miss the old-school gays, the Stonewall gays. They didn’t take shit from anybody.”
By “Stonewall Gays” we assume he means other than Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, and other trans people who were there...
This isn’t his first Netflix special to touch on the subject, or to specifically insult trans people and separate Black people and LGBTQ+ people into two distinct, and warring, groups. Instead, it’s part of a continued trend in all of his recent specials with the streamer. So much so that GLAAD commented on the trend.
“Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities,” the organization tweeted. “Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree.”
Chappelle seems to think he’s on a crusade for justice, but really, he’s just punching down on the trans community. It was never funny, and it got old a long, long time ago.