Dave Chappelle is back with more servings of transphobic jokes, just in time for the holidays...
The controversial comedian, who made headlines last month with his Netflix stand-up comedy special The Closer, appeared on Monday evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City for a screening of his documentary Untitled. He had earlier promised to refrain from controversial transphobic and anti-LGBTQ+ humor until both he and the LGBTQ+ community could laugh together, but according to The Daily Beast, on Monday he was instead laughing alone, saying that that promise only applied to recorded performances. Since all in attendance at Madison Square Garden had their phones securely stowed in Yondr pouches to prevent recording, the 48-year-old stand-up veteran was soon back to his old ways.
"Week four of being canceled, it’s crazy," Chappelle was quoted as saying Monday by The Daily Beast.
Chappelle then began his set describing how he had to take out a restraining order against his allegedly racist neighbor. He went on to say that if he was forced to use the pearl-handled pistol his wife had gifted him to murder his neighbor, he would identify as a woman so that he could serve out his time in the women’s prison.
He also claimed he offered to pay for the man’s mental rehabilitation and therapy, but that the now-public offer would need to be kept secret because soon, uninsured transgender folks would be asking him to fund their gender-affirming surgeries and related medical expenses.
The comedian also introduced the musician H.E.R. by saying, "It’s a pronoun you don’t hear much!" He also later opined about forming a transgender tribute band with guest Jon Stewart entitled “They.”
In The Closer, Chappelle targeted the LGBTQ+ community, with a focus on transgender folks, mocking their identities.
"I’m not saying it’s not p*ssy, but it’s Beyond P*ssy or Impossible P*ssy," Chappelle said during one particularly offensive segment in The Closer. "It tastes like p*ssy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it?"
During other points in the controversial special, he proudly called himself a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), and said "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 also went on to say 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," Chappelle said in The Closer. "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."
As a result of the streamer’s decision to air the controversial special, one trans television creator publicly cut ties with Netflix.
"I've loved working there," Jaclyn Moore, showrunner for Dear White People, tweeted last month. "I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content."
Chappelle is currently on an 11-city tour for the screening of Untitled, which follows the comedian as he staged a comedy show in his hometown hard-hit by the global pandemic. Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, and others joined Chappelle to perform their routines at an outdoor venue for locals.