Comedian Dave Chappelle railed against canceled culture, Twitter and left-wing news outlets Thursday amid controversy over his latest Netflix special, “The Closer” — telling a star-studded, sold-out crowd in Los Angeles that, ” If this is what the cancellation is about, I love it.”
“I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad mother-carer,” the 48-year-old funnyman told an enthusiastic audience of more than 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl after a screening of his “Untitled: Dave.” Chappelle documentary,” Deadline reported.
The vocal stand-up star then became more edgy and distinctive.
“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. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is real life,” he told the crowd said roaring loudly.
Chappelle was responding to the torrent of criticism he received on Tuesday following the release of his sixth and final Netflix special, which some have blasted as transphobic.
“They canceled JK Rowling, My God,” Chappelle said in the special, “The Closer.” “Actually she said gender was a fact, and then the trans community got mad as sh, they started calling her TERF.”
The comic then announced itself as “Team TERF” – Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminists – to a thunderous applause from the audience watching the show.
“I agree,” he said. “I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective.”
Netflix’s “Dear White People” executive producer and showrunner Jacqueline Moore was among those who said she was hurt by Chappelle’s comments on “The Closer.” Tweet on Wednesday that he was “done” with the streaming giant.
“Their shadow is huge,” Moore told Variety on Thursday, detailing the Netflix boycott. “He’s a brilliant goofy comedian, he’s brilliant as a political comedian. He’s been brilliant for so long, but I don’t even think just because you’ve been brilliant means you’re always brilliant.”
Moore, who transitioned during the pandemic, told Variety that she decided to speak on Twitter because Chappelle’s material on the transgender community “felt different” than her earlier topic.
“I’ve been thrown against a wall for using the women’s bathroom,” Moore told Variety. “All I’ll say is that it’s ironic that for someone who walked away from a TV show because he felt the messages of the joke were lost, he doesn’t see what the messages of these jokes do to people.”
Chappelle equated rapper Dabi’s homophobic comments with systemic racism, saying you can “shoot and kill”. [N-word]”In America, but you’d better not hurt a gay man’s feelings” referencing a deadly 2018 shooting involving the rapper at Walmart, North Carolina.
“Dave Chappelle: The Closer” was number 4 on Netflix’s top 10 streaming list on Friday.
“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 listing for the 72-minute special. .