Chappelle Goes There

Dave Chappelle has stepped in it once again.  In his latest special, The Closer, he brought up the North Carolina law limiting use of public restrooms to the gender listed on one’s birth certificate.  When some people in the audience applauded, he said, “No, no, no, no – no, that’s not a good law.  That’s a mean law.  No American should have to present a birth certificate to take a shit at Walmart in Greensboro, North Carolina!”  He then went into a lengthy discussion regarding his history with the trans community – and what a history it is.  GLAAD said, “Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”  And they’re right – kinda.  You know which group is typically Chappelle’s biggest target?  Black people.  Talk about a marginalized community!  Chappelle says The Closer is his last word on the trans subject.  “It’s over…I am not telling another joke about you until we are both sure that we are laughing together.”  Equality isn’t avoiding jokes about certain people; it’s treating all people the same.  And Chappelle does that.

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