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WATCH: Video Drops Of Dave Chappelle Addressing Trans Community At His Comedy Show Last Night

Dante was at this show last night and wrote about it HERE so please, please, puh-lease read what he had to say because it'll be one thousand times better than anything I write. I just wanted to post the video because I feel like it deserves it's own blog. 

For those of you who didn't watch, Variety summed it up pretty well...

In the video, Chappelle remained unapologetic about the special — which was accused of containing transphobic and homophobic remarks and led to a walkout at Netflix — saying: “I said what I said.”

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true — if they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about,” Chappelle said in the video. “I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”

Chappelle claimed that the controversy was about “corporate interests” and that some members of the LGBTQ+ community have been supportive of him.

“I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it that it’s me versus that community, that is not what it is. Do not blame the LBGTQ [sic] community for any of this shit. This has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say,” Chappelle said. “For the record, and I need you to know this, everyone I know from that community has been loving and supporting, so I don’t know what all this nonsense is about.”

Chappelle also spoke about his upcoming documentary about his summer 2020 comedy tour, claiming that it has now been excluded from film festivals.

“This film that I made was invited to every film festival in the United States and some of those invitations I accepted. When this controversy came out about ‘The Closer,’ they began disinviting me from these film festivals,” Chappelle claimed. “And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”

Though Chappelle said he was willing to meet with members of the trans community, he jokingly listed off a slew of conditions that would have to be met: “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 anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be 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.”

And there you have it. Chappelle has spoken and I don't disagree with anything he said. In fact, I've been on the record as saying that any human- gay, straight, whatever, who watched that special and cannot differentiate his comedy from the hate speech it's being equated to in the media...is a moron. Unfortunately, a lot of those morons work in the media and have a much louder voice than they deserve. The problem is that people read headlines, not stories. They see something on twitter and assume it must be true, which is how we got into this mess in the first place. Dave Chappelle is not a transphobe. He's a comedian. Even if you didn't like his jokes, you have to be able to spot the difference. It doesn't matter who you are, you can be made fun of. Just make sure it's good. That's all I have on this one. Check out Dante's original blog below. Thanks. 

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