Comedian Dave Chappelle and his new Netflix special, “The Closer,” is facing backlash from critics. The show premiered Tuesday and included a few jokes about transgender women.
“Chappelle, 48, is also being accused of defending comments by rapper DaBaby and ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling, as well as deflecting criticism he faced for cracking wise about the trans community in previous specials ‘Equanimity’ and ‘Sticks & Stones’,” wrote Rob Bailey-Millado of the New York Post.
The special, titled “The Closer,” premiered on the streamer on Tuesday and is meant to serve as a final entry in a series of stand-up routines by Chappelle on Netflix. In ‘The Closer,’ Chappelle declares that he’s joining Rowling in ‘Team TERF!’ (the acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist), and conflated rapper DaBaby’s homophobic statements at a show over the summer with systemic racism.”
Chappelle went on to joke that it’s okay to shoot a black person in this country, “but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings.” Chappelle and Netflix reps have so far declined to comment (USSA News).
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