Can't cancel the GOAT! Dave Chappelle gets Grammy nod, despite transphobia allegations
After Dave Chappelle was nominated for a Grammy Award following his controversial 'transphobic' jokes in his Netflix special 'The Closer', some are questioning whether cancel culture has been 'canceled'. The Grammy nominations come less than a month after Chappelle's stand-up special was threatened with cancellation because of the jokes he cracked.
The comedian sparked outrage with jokes in which he declares that "gender is a fact" and blames the trans community's "weak skin". The jokes were inspired by JK Rowling, the author of 'Harry Potter', who made some comments against transgender women in 2019.
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In the category of 'best spoken word album', Chappelle received a Grammy nomination for his Netflix special '8:46'. Having said that, Netflix employees had staged a walkout to protest the streaming service's airing of 'The Closer'. Distributors dropped Chappelle's impending documentary, and film festival invitations were revoked.
In response to the uproar over 'The Closer', Chappelle released a one-minute video on Instagram last month saying, "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. Am I cancelled or not? Then let's go!" Chapelle said.
A Twitter User said, "Dave Chappelle swears he was "canceled" while actively touring and getting nominated for a Grammy. Are yall ready to admit that cancel is an empty buzzword now?" Another commenter said, "You really can’t tell me that cancel culture exists when Louis CK, Dr Luke & Dave Chappelle have all received Grammy nominations today".
Another user said, "So Marilyn Manson, Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, and DaBaby are all nominated for Grammy Awards. Someone tell me how "cancel culture" irrevocably ruins people's careers again. Just for old times' sake."
Dave Chappelle swears he was "canceled" while actively touring and getting nominated for a Grammy.— Suzy Uzi 💨 (@_baejira) November 24, 2021
Are yall ready to admit that cancel is an empty buzzword now?
You really can’t tell me that cancel culture exists when Louis CK, Dr Luke & Dave Chappelle have all received Grammy nominations today— Jeffrey Ingold (@Jefflez) November 23, 2021
So Marilyn Manson, Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, and DaBaby are all nominated for Grammy Awards.— Jeremy Thomas⦻ (@jthomas411mania) November 23, 2021
Someone tell me how "cancel culture" irrevocably ruins people's careers again. Just for old times' sake. pic.twitter.com/A8PnV6cMKt