Last week marked Dave Chappelle’s return to our screens after 12 years.
Apart from the post election sketch he performed on SNL, this man has been away for along time. The longer he was away the more his fans looked forward to his return. As we mentioned in last weeks article his two new shows are now available on Netflix which he got a lot of money for.
However, his return did not receive the warmest of welcomes from his LGBTQ audience.
It’s not just a few gay jokes. The LGBTQ community aren’t that sensitive to be offended at every gay joke dropped here and there. The thing is, for only releasing two specials, Chappelle spends a lot of time discussing LGBTQ issues. While a big portion of the set is hilarious you actually cringe at how much he brings up the gay community for a man that is straight. He also demonstrates that he has little or no patience or understanding when it comes to transgender issues.
In one of the two specials, Chappelle jokes about his wife’s gay friend who “always wants to have some kind of gay political argument.”
“The last one was about a petition in federal court to take the words ‘husband and wife’ out of the law,” the comedian said. “I said, ‘why would you want those words out of the law?’ He said, ‘because it discriminates against same-sex couples.’”
“I was like, ‘N*****, please, save the semantics. Just trust me. Take your chips and get the f**k out the casino. You’re about to crap out. Just go outside, talk that over amongst yourselves, and whichever one of you is gayer that’s the wife,’”.
He then decides to turn his attention to transgender people “Of all those letters [LGBTQ], the ‘T’ has the toughest road ahead. In fact, I think the ‘T’ should stand for ‘Tough road ahead.’”
“They’ve got the longest mental gap to bridge, that’s all I’m saying. Because whenever I see one of them Ts on the street, I don’t mind them, but I’ll be like, ‘Man, I miss Bruce,’” in reference to Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
He also made jokes about Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case. He may have lost a few fans on his return. Some of them took to twitter to have their say:
If you haven't watched the Dave Chappelle show, yet…
There is hateful Transphobic speech being said during:
25:00 – 38:00
— Young Lil Biscuit (@ComplexBlackBoi) March 22, 2017
But Chappelle's material was homophobic and transphobic and involved rape culture. I've grown too much not to speak up about it now.
— April (@ReignOfApril) March 22, 2017
Tried to watch the new @DaveChappelle specials on Netflix last night. I was laughing my ass off until I had to turn it off. So transphobic.
— Zoe Annelise (@Zoetropeexplosn) March 23, 2017
Not all comments were bad though.
i don't like the fact that dave chappelle now feels the need to explain his own jokes mid show because he's worried about offending people
— Jake Woolf (@jakewoolf) March 22, 2017
When is comedy not considered a joke anymore and turns into abuse? Its a fine line between what is funny and what is offensive.
Joking about gay people is not something new for Dave. Here is a snippet from his show years ago: