Even Caitlyn Jenner has had it with the overly sensitive and wimps who are trying to cancel everyone just for … well, sharing their own thoughts or not caving to political correctness or making jokes.
So Jenner came to the defense of Dave Chappelle, who is facing backlash for comments about transgenders in his recent NetFlix special, “The Closer.” Chappelle has said he’s not apologizing or backing away from those comments, either.
“Dave Chappelle is 100% right,” the former Republican candidate for California governor tweeted Tuesday. “This isn’t about the LGBTQ movement. It’s about woke cancel culture run amok, trying to silence free speech. We must never yield or bow to those who wish to stop us from speaking our minds.”
This followed Chappelle sharing footage from one of his latest performances in which he too addressed the issue.
“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience,” Chappelle said. “But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”
He then added that it’s “not about the LGBTQ community, it’s about corporate interests, and what I can say and what I cannot say.”
No less than Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has also defended Chappelle.
“I think it’s consistent with a brand of standup comedy and certainly consistent with Dave Chapelle’s comedy,” Sandos told Deadline, adding that neither a “warning card” nor an “edit would’ve been appropriate” in the case of Chappelle’s transgender take.
Jenner came out as a member of the transgender community in 2015.