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Dave Chappelle says 'f**k Twitter' after being canceled for trans jokes on show

Following his latest stand-up special 'The Closer' on Netflix, GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition came after Dave Chappelle
UPDATED OCT 10, 2021
Comedian Dave Chappelle talks with the media (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Comedian Dave Chappelle talks with the media (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Dave Chappelle shot back against the cancel culture mob after he was attacked over his transgender jokes.

The reputed comedian performed at the Peppermint Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, October 6. Following his latest stand-up special 'The Closer' on Netflix, left-wing organizations such as GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition came after him, calling for his Netflix show to be canceled.


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According to TMZ, Chappelle came under fire for several jokes he made during the performance, including one that said the gay community cared more about ending DaBaby's career for his homophobic rant than the fact he shot and killed someone at a Walmart. DaBaby apparently fired in self-defense and was never charged. He kicked off the joke with, "In our country, you can shoot and kill a (N-word), but you better not hurt a gay person's feelings. And this is precisely the disparity that I wish to discuss." The comedian also said "gender is a fact" because "every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth."

Chappelle's jokes notably outraged Jaclyn Moore, the transgender executive producer of the Netflix show 'Dear White People' who said she was "done" with Netflix "as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content”.


However, Chappelle appears rather unfazed by the criticism. ”F**k Twitter. F**k NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid a** networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life,” he said at the Hollywood Bowl, per The Hollywood Reporter. “If this is what being canceled is, I love it,” he said to a standing ovation. “I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf**ker.”

It's worth noting that 'The Closer' enjoyed a whopping 96% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile, the website's professional critics left a couple of negative reviews. One of the negative reviews came from The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, who wrote, “Chappelle’s most incendiary, troubling, and unapologetic one yet.” Another critic, Ian Thomas Malone, accused Chappelle of “transphobia,” stating, “Chappelle’s rampant transphobia doesn’t need to be a problem as long as the jokes land, but his obsession with grievances supersedes any pretense of crafting actual humor."

Dave Chappelle looks on during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

On the other hand, over 500 audience member reviews for 'The Closer' applauded Chappelle's performance. “This was a much-needed perspective on cancel culture,” one audience member wrote. “It calls out the untouchable privileged bigotry and bullying of the LGBT community in a way that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but is important, nonetheless.”

“Once again Dave makes me laugh. He’s brilliant on stage. If you don’t like his humor. Then don't listen to him. That’s why we have freedom of choice. This country has become way too sensitive. It’s called comedy,” another viewer commented.

"Dave Chappelle is funny. A few of his jokes caused some bloomer twisting among the perpetually offended, but so what. He jokes about his experiences, his thoughts, and opinions on current cultural debates taking place across the country. He jokes about cancel culture warriors and the utter ridiculousness of pretending there are no differences between a trans woman and a woman. There are, and most sane adults know it. Overall, it's a hilarious show," a user added.

"Absolutely loved the honesty wrapped in a delicately woven cloth of funny! He's a comedian and a man of integrity/principal! He makes you laugh, he makes you think and he doesn't care about the shackles that the left-controlled media is trying to put on any artistic and human expression that is not aligned with their ideology! I love his comedy and more so I respect him as a man of principle! another chimed in.

Dave Chappelle is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at The Kennedy Center on October 27, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

This wasn't the first time Chappelle's anti-woke comedy special got negative critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes while scoring well with audience members. In 2019, his Netflix stand-up special Sticks & Stones was given a zero percent critic rating, while a staggering 99 percent of viewers loved the politically incorrect special.