Dave Chappelle takes on LGBTQ issues in Netflix special

Tue. October 5, 2021 12:34 PM by Gerald Farinas

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Says DaBaby suffering LGBTQ cancel culture doesn't sit right with him; but he will quit making LGBTQ jokes

In his latest Netflix special premiering October 5, Dave Chappelle takes on his issues with the LGBTQ community when considered against the struggle of the Black community in America. While be shares it is postive that the LGBTQ community is making great strides in its civil rights movement, Chappelle says he's "jealous" as a Black man who sees Black civil rights as stuck.

He highlighted the damaged career of rapper DaBaby over homophobic and transphobic comments this past summer.

The comedy special entitled Dave Chappelle: The Closer leads with Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, who goes by the name DaBaby, suffering the consequences of "cancel culture" because of anti-LGBTQ comments rather than his role in a murder on November 5, 2018.

DaBaby self-confirmed being involved in the killing of 19-year old Jalyn Craig at a Walmart in Huntersville, NC. Citing self-defense, charges against DaBaby were dropped. His career didn't suffer after the incident.

On July 24 of this year, DaBaby asked his Miami Gardens concert crowd if anyone showed up with HIV/AIDS or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks." He followed the comment with more remarks about gay people.

The comments were directly cited for his Lollapalooza cancellation, among other high profile cancellations.

Chappelle says the incident depicts his uncomfortable position as a Black man.

The 48-year old performer addresses his own critics who call his jokes homophobic and transphobic.

He did however end up twisting the situation into a joke, "Any of you who have ever watched me know that I have never had a problem with transgender people. If you listen to what I'm saying, clearly, my problem has been with white people."

Despite that, Chappelle defended J.K. Rowling, the acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series who made anti-transgender arguments.

"I'm Team TERF," Chappelle says in the show, referring to people who call themselves trans-exclusionary radical femnists. They are self-identifying feminists who don't believe transgender women are women.

Chappelle also says "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."

All in all, Chappelle announced he would no longer make LGBTQ jokes "until we are both sure that we are laughing together."