Comedian Dave Chappelle told a transgender joke that landed him in the sights of many liberals and activists. After a 13-year hiatus from on-stage specials, this is how he chose to come back.
“The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium” is Chappelle’s newest standup special. During the performance, he cracked numerous jokes about the term LGBTQ and transgender transitions.
Chappelle refers to Stuart, his gay friend who’s a member of the LGBTQ community. He jokes that Stuart has educated him on the LGBTQ movement, which left him…:
“I was like ‘what the fuck is the q for?’ Does that even make sense? Q?”
The comedian jokes that the “q” is for the “confused” gay men.
“It turns out q is like the vowels. That shit is ‘sometimes y,’” Chappelle quipped. “It’s for gay dudes that don’t really know they’re gay. You know what I mean? Kind of like prison fags.”
Chapelle then launched into a segment where he joked about two friends cutting off their genitals, poking fun at the idea of people transitioning sexes. Chappelle envisions one friend suggesting to the other that they both cut off their penises.
“Are you sure that’s what you want to do?” Chappelle envisions one friend asking. “There’s only one way to find out: WU TANG!” Chappelle hollered, pantomiming cutting off his penis. Chappelle was a referencing a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clanwho cut of his own penis before jumping out the window. Wu Tang clan denied any affiliation with the lunatic.
Chappelle’s jokes predictably triggered outrage, and tidal wave of accusations that he is transphobic.
I have LGBTQIA folks in my Mentions repeatedly using the word “expendable” to describe how Chappelle’s specials made them feel.
A Buzzfeed article claimedthat Chappelle’s comments were an attempt by a “cisgender man” to assure people that he is not gay.
“When straight cis men aren’t denigrating queer people to affirm their masculinity, they might be paying lip service to women’s rights only as a ruse to get some ass,” the article adds.