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Comedian Dave Chappelle responds to criticism over ‘transphobic’ comments in Netflix special

Comedian Dave Chappelle has responded to criticism in regards to him making ‘transphobic’ comments during his new Netflix special ‘The Closer’.

Landing on Netflix this week, ‘The Closer’ has received heavy criticism for jokes in relation to the LGBTQ+ community, with some calling for the show to be pulled.

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Some have also called for Netflix to apologise for allowing it to be aired.

The 48-year-old comedian didn’t seem too phased by the negative feedback as paparazzi surrounded him leaving a club in Hollywood, to which Chappelle said, “Dumbass questions.”

During his special, he states that he supports author J.K. Rowling, who has received her share of criticism for comments that she made about the transgender community.

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During his special, Chappelle says, “They cancelled J.K. Rowling, my God. Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as s**t, they started calling her a TERF.”

“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.”

“Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those p*****s that they got … you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not p***y, but it’s beyond p***y or impossible p***y. It tastes like p***y, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood. That’s beet juice.”

Chappelle also stated, “Any of you who have ever watched me know that I have never had a problem with transgender people,”.

Chappelle also questions why he wasn’t cancelled back in 2018 when he admitted to shooting and killing a man in a supermarket.

Pressuring Netflix to pull the show, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) executive director David Johns stated, “It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform.”

He added, “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.”

IMAGE – Netflix

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