Dave Chappelle just released a new Netflix comedy special and–surprise!–he’s once again cracking passé jokes about the LGBTQ community. Just like he did in his last comedy special. And the one before that. And the one before that. Because, evidently, being gay is hilarious.
In his new special Sticks & Stones, Chappelle says there’s an “unwritten and unspoken rule” in Hollywood that states “you are never, ever allowed to upset the ‘alphabet people,’” meaning LGBTQ people, during a defense of comedian Kevin Hart. (Yes, Chappelle is still talking about Kevin Hart.)
He also talks about how trans people “hate my f*cking guts, and I don’t blame them” because “I can’t stop writing jokes” about them.
Some of Chappelle’s past “jokes” about trans people include dead-naming Bruce Jenner, being outraged over having to refer to a trans woman as “she,” and comparing gender reassignment surgery to him and his friend going to the hospital and “having our dicks cut off.”
In Sticks & Stones, he compares being trans to a Chinese person trapped inside a Black man’s body, which naturally includes a racist impression of a Chinese person.
Other “jokes” Chappelle cracks include calling a rape survivor a “bitch” and accusing children molested by Michael Jackson of being liars then saying they should be grateful their first time was with the King of Pop.
As usual, many on Twitter don’t find Chappelle’s outdated brand of comedy very funny…
little depressing watching dave chapelle going from one of the funniest motherfuckers on the planet to 'waaah why can't i be transphobic everyone's so sensitive'
— the rap guy (@entrebanddahm) August 27, 2019
Dave Chapelle is my favorite comedian. He's the whole reason why I smoke weed and started thinking about race critically. BUT he is also incredibly trans/homophobic and refuses to think about how comedy is changing and becoming more inclusive.
— smellgood (@smellguud) August 28, 2019
It's time to stop supporting Dave Chapelle. He's transphobic. He's sexist. He blames victims. He still feels bad for Louis CK and he thinks that Michael Jackson was innocent and laughs at the concept of Jackson abusing children.
— Jess Beaulieu (@msjessbeaulieu) August 27, 2019
It's really upsetting to see, over and over, how rich and powerful and popular men like Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, and Dave Chapelle just say transphobic shit on popular platforms, get rewarded by getting access to those platforms again, where they just say more transphobic shit
— Robin Savannah Carver (@RobinSCarver) August 27, 2019
That new Dave Chapelle special on @Netflix?
It's mean-spirited and grossly transphobic. In so many words, he blames the trans community for holding back gay/lesbian rights because they are "weird".
But hey, it's okay because "everyone loves me and I love everyone"
No you don't.
— A Friendly Skull (@ShellRPG) August 28, 2019
And then there are those who don’t see anything wrong with it…
Dave Chapelle referring to LGBT as "the alphabet people" is amazing
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) August 28, 2019
Sensitive people while watching this amazing new Dave Chapelle special pic.twitter.com/NunLLuiucT
— BrokenGamezHDR (@BrokenGamezHDR) August 27, 2019
Dave Chapelle got y’all pissed and I love him for it. ????
— Trevo (@TrevRichHD) August 27, 2019
— Raman Handa (@RamanHa44127628) August 27, 2019
Dave Chapelle officially has zero fucks left in his tank and I’m 100% in for every second of it. #sticksandstones
— Leif Olson (@_leifolson) August 26, 2019
In a scathing review titled “You Can Definitely Skip Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special” and published by Vice, Taylor Hosking writes: “His approach comes off like a defiant rejection of change at any cost.”
“As he keeps going down this path, drawing attention to the worst aspects of his important career, the biggest cost will be tarnishing his own legacy,” Hosking says.
What do you think? Is it time for Chappelle to evolve his brand of comedy? Or are homophobic and transphobic jokes still funny in 2019? Share your opinions in the comments section below…