Comedian Dave Chappelle railed against cancel culture, Twitter and left-leaning news shops Thursday amid controversy over his newest Netflix particular, “The Closer” — telling a star-studded, sold-out crowd in Los Angeles that, “If this is what being canceled is about, I love it.”
“I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf–ker,” the 48-year-old funnyman advised the rapturous viewers of greater than 18,000 on the Hollywood Bowl following the screening of his “Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary,” Deadline reported.
The outspoken stand-up star then acquired extra pointed and particular.
“F–k Twitter. F–k NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life,” he stated to loud roars from the gang, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chappelle was responding to the torrent of criticism he’s obtained following Tuesday’s launch of his sixth and last Netflix particular, which some have blasted as transphobic.
“They canceled J.K. Rowling, my God,” Chappelle stated within the particular, “The Closer.” “Effectually she said gender was a fact, and then the trans community got mad as sh–, they started calling her a TERF.”
The comedian then declared himself to be on “Team TERF” — trans-exclusionary radical feminists — prompting applause from the viewers watching the present.
“I agree,” he stated. “I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective.”
Jaclyn Moore, government producer and showrunner of Netflix’s “Dear White People,” was amongst those that stated they have been offended by Chappelle’s feedback in “The Closer,” tweeting Wednesday that she was “done” with the streaming large.
“His shadow is huge,” Moore told Variety Thursday whereas detailing her boycott of Netflix. “He’s a brilliant goofy comedian, he’s brilliant as a political comedian. He has been brilliant for so, so long, but I also don’t think because you’ve been brilliant means that you’re always brilliant.”
Moore, who transitioned during the pandemic, advised Variety she determined to talk out on Twitter as a result of Chappelle’s materials on the transgender neighborhood “felt different” than his earlier takes on the subject.
“I have been thrown against a wall for using a women’s bathroom,” Moore advised Variety. “I would just say it’s ironic that for somebody who famously walked away from a TV show because he felt like the messages of the joke got lost, he doesn’t see what the messages of these jokes do to people.”
Chappelle additionally took warmth for conflating rapper DaBaby’s homophobic feedback with systemic racism, saying you’ll be able to “shoot and kill a [N-word]” in America, however you “better not hurt a gay person’s feelings” whereas referencing a deadly 2018 taking pictures involving the rapper at a Walmart in North Carolina.
“Dave Chappelle: The Closer” was ranked No. 4 as of Friday on Netflix’s prime 10 streaming listing.
“As he closes out his slate of comedy specials, Dave Chappelle takes the stage to try and set the record straight – and get a few things off his chest,” reads a list for the 72-minute particular.