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It Was a Joke, Bro

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Many people may know Dave Chappelle as one of the funniest comedians in history. He has also been in many movies, including the most recent film in 2018 in “A Star is Born.” He recently filmed a new special called “The Closer” which is planned to be released on Netflix. However, many people are trying to get this latest special cancelled due to his transphobic comments.

That’s right! A group of people are trying to get the special pulled off from Netflix, which Chapelle simply smirks. “If this is what being cancelled is about, I love it,” said Chapelle. “I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf—er.” After this, Chapelle talked a little from his own point of view regarding cancel culture. In his rant, he began defending J.K Rowling and taking a stance with her.

For those who may be unaware, “Harry Potter” author J.K Rowling is considered by many people as a “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” (or TERF). This means that she is a feminist but still transphobic. How is she transphobic? J.K Rowling had previously stated that “gender is a fact,” which got the LGBTQ+ community furious as many people identify with a different gender regardless of their biology. And so, this is when J.K Rowling began being considered as a TERF and cancelled as well.

Chapelle defended J.K Rowling by putting the same TERF label on himself. “I’m team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact,” said Chapelle and continued to mention that people are being cancelled more because of mean comments instead of actual crime. Chappelle then commented on rapper DaBaby’s backlash for his transphobic remarks. At the same time, not many people were aware of a shooting he was involved in back in 2018.

DaBaby was involved in a shooting which resulted in the killing of a 19-year-old man named Jaylin Craig. “DaBaby killed and shot a [man] in Walmart in North Carolina. Nothing bad happened to his career,” said Chapelle. “Do you see where I’m going with this? In our country, you shoot and kill a [man], but you better not hurt a gay man’s feelings.” Earlier this year, DaBaby had landed some homophobic comments and was not allowed to perform at the Lollapalooza this last summer.

Many people believe Chapelle did nothing wrong and was expressing free speech like any ordinary American. Others believe all of this is the comedian’s way of ridiculing the LGBTQ+ community. Many comedians before had also made some insensitive comments before, and they survived during their times.

What do you guys think? Do you believe Chapelle should be cancelled? Should Netflix cancel its “The Closer” special and end its ties with Chapelle?


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