Dave Chappelle sparked an uproar after confronting students at his former high school over the controversy surrounding his Netflix comedy special.
The comedian, 48, faced backlash from LGBTQ activists following his remarks in the stand-up special “The Closer”. He encountered animosity during a recent show he gave for his alma mater on Tuesday, November 23. Chappelle visited the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC – where he graduated in 1991 – to perform in front of nearly 600 people. crowd. A report from the Politico Playbook event noted how many viewers confronted the comedian about his jokes about trans people and the outrage that followed.
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“I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child,” a student reportedly told Chappelle, calling him a “bigot”. In response, the comedian said to the child, “My friend, with all due respect, I don’t think you can make any of the decisions I have to make on any given day.”
Chappelle made several jokes at the expense of transgender people in “The Closer”, many of which were called “transphobic” stressing that “gender is a fact”. The special also inspired several Netflix employees to stage a walkout and put pressure on CEO Ted Sarandos, who has been criticized for his response to the backlash. On Tuesday, Chappelle reportedly told a student, “I’m better than all the instrumentalists, artists, no matter what art you do in this school, right now I’m better than all of you. I’m sure that will change. . I’m sure you’ll be famous soon. âWhen another student at the event told him his comedyâ kills, âChappelle replied,â[N-word]s are killed every day â, before noting:â The media is not there, is it?
Politico cited a parent who complained about the comedian’s use of racist slurs at the event. âAs a parent I have to say I have a real problemâ¦ He was very serious and used the N word on the record. What kind of judgment does the school show to allow this?â they said on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, social media has also been inundated with criticism of the veteran comedian. âIt’s very cool and normal to lecture an auditorium of students about how funny your comedy was and why they should have laughed,â one wrote, mocking Chappelle. âRemembering that episode of Seinfeld about Kramer thinking he’s a badass because he was doing karate with kids. This guy promised on stage to talk to Netflix’s shemales, but he gave up on that. arrangement once his ass sobered up lol. He chose the kids, “another wrote.
“His responses to valid criticism have been childish, and he still doesn’t seem to understand what he says emboldens people who would harm trans people,” someone else said. âChildren these days are too sensitive. another intervened.
It’s very cool and normal to lecture an auditorium of students about how funny your comedy was and why they should have laughed.
– kevmotronic (@kevmotronic) 25 November 2021
Remember that episode of Seinfeld about Kramer thinking he’s a bad ass because he was doing karate with kids.
This guy promised onstage to talk to Netflix shemales but he gave up on that arrangement once his ass sobered up lol. He chose children.
– AJ (@DogOnTheRoof) November 26, 2021
His responses to valid criticism have been childish, and he still doesn’t seem to understand what he says emboldens people who would harm trans people.
– toronodon (@toronodon) 25 November 2021
âChildren these days are too sensitive.
– ShenDoodles ð³ï¸âð | BLM (@ShenDoodles) 25 November 2021
Chappelle spokesperson Carla Sims spoke out against the outrage that followed the event. “They are complaining that he spoke and said the n word. On the contrary, Dave is putting the school on the map,” she told Politico. âHe said these kids deserve an F for forgiveness,â and added, âgive them some room to grow up. They’re going to say things that are immature.â Sims added that Chappelle didn’t expect the students to ask for an apology when she visited.