Dave Chappelle Addresses Trans Community: I Won’t Be ‘Bending To Anyone’s Demands’

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Comedian Dave Chappelle has a clear message for the pissed-off trans community that is using every trick in the cancellation playbook to run the guy out of show business. In a video posted Monday by Chappelle from a recent show in front of a live audience, the comedian had a few things to say about the hysteria over his most recent Netflix special titled “The Closer.”

In this new upcoming documentary titled “Untitled,” Chappelle jumps right into battle with the trans community.

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused,” Chappelle says. “That is not true. If they had invited me, I would have accepted it. Although I am confused about what we’re speaking about. I said what I said and boy I heard what you said.”

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“You said you wanted a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I’m the only one who can’t go into the office anymore,” he joked, before adding, “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone’s demands.

“And if you want to meet with me, I am 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.”

Gadsby is an Australian comedian who has been an outspoken critic of Chappelle and called Netflix an “amoral algorithm cult.”

“Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet,” Chappelle added in the video.

While Netflix is standing behind Chappelle, there’s news that distributors of his “Untitled” documentary have been pulling it from film festivals. So instead of worrying about dealing with film festivals and the organizers, filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar will take the documentary on a 10-city tour starting November 4 in San Francisco.

“I desperately want people to see this movie, but I understand why investors would be nervous,” Chappelle noted

“You will be able to see this movie in its entirety and you can see what they’re trying to obstruct you from seeing and you can judge for yourself.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. That’s a great joke about Hannah Gadsby. He copped that one from Trump possibly. It starts with a broad subject that is usually handled in a tone of seriousness. As most will recall he was asked in a Republican primary debate why he refers to women as pigs and dogs: “That’s not true, only Rosie O’Donnell”. In no small part it helped win him the election

  2. people on the right are giddy that Dave Chapelle didn’t buckle to the career assignation cancel crowd. Yet the only reason he gets away with it is because in the recent aftermath of a post George Floyd world, Dave Chappell has read the room and correctly discerned that he can wield his blackness into a bizarre form of social reparations that has been granted to black men —> to say things that no white, hispanic, or Asian man is granted clearance for. It has the appearance of courage but you look under the hood and see that it’s a cynical form of grievance-leverage.

    Conservatives must have read past the part where Dave clearly states that his problem “is not with the tranz folks – but specifically with *white people.*. Sounds like something AOC – or iLhan Omar would say. He is free to say that but let’s not pretend like Dave is our friend or that he is some hero.

    Dave also takes an often repeated and unoriginal swipe at Mike Pence for being a closeted ghey. It’s just not as clever a joke the 7,926th time around… And yet a surprising angle of criticism as the Left considers sexual deviancy a worthy resume builder (see Pete Buttigieg / Dr Rachel Levine). Neither of whom would have obtained their positions otherwise.

    • Yeah, I agree with a lot of this analysis. It’s cool and all that he’s standing up for freedom or speech and against ‘cancel culture’, but his entire shtick is dependent upon identity politics and his own place on the totem of intersectionality.

      That said, I can be ‘offended’ at something and still laugh at it. Agreed that the Mike Pence joke was just dumb, but I found the rest of ‘The Closer’ to be equal parts funny and touching, and I would bet that a large plurality of the people feigning emotional trauma didn’t actually watch the special, certainly not to the end.

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