Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special on Netflix is the most touching stand-up comedy I have seen that was still attached to laughing moments. First, attending Dave’s shows is nothing like most comics out there…although you do find yourself laughing it up throughout his entire show- you also feel like you just went to school. It’s not uncommon for someone to say they just learned something new from attending Dave’s show. Such was the case on his latest comedy special on Netflix, The Closer.
I found myself getting emotional from a story Dave told of a transgender who he had become friends with. I won’t go any further than that, but the personal story Dave shared with the world in the The Closer is a touching one. Dave tackled the issue of Transgender- and their misunderstanding of his position with them in his deliveries of his jokes from time to time aimed at them. The LGBTQ community took offense to Dave’s harsh jokes. They labelled him as transphobic and insensitive to them trying identify with whom they feel like on the inside.
That has never been the case for Dave- and he has presented his case over, and over and over again that he is not transphobic and never has he had it within him to talk down on the LGBTQ as they claim. Sadly, The National Black Justice Coalition missed all that Dave said in his special and rather took offense to what he said, saying:
“With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence,” David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, said in a statement. “Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”
In our country, you can shoot and kill a n*****,” Chappelle says. “But you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up,” he said. “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up.
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.”