Famed comedian Dave Chappelle ruffled more than a few feathers upon the release of his latest and final Netflix special.
The stand-up routine, appropriately named The Closer, featured the irreverent comedian in classic form. Those familiar with the comic who haven’t seen the special yet should know what they’re getting into already — Dave pulls no punches, and that’s precisely why he remains one of the most celebrated stand-up acts in the industry.
Of course, certain members of the radical left didn’t see it that way. Chappelle, who is known for making off-color jokes about any and all ethnic groups, famously set his sights on the LGBT community and the cancel culture that often protects it from the slightest hint of criticism.
“They canceled J.K. Rowling – my God,” Chappelle said on stage. “Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as (expletive), they started calling her a TERF.”
Chappelle went on to explain the meaning behind the TERF acronym — that is, trans-exclusionary radical feminist. It’s a slang term typically employed by the woke wing of the feminist movement to denigrate other feminists who have the audacity to point out that women are people born with a cervix, and nothing else.
“They look at transgender women the way we Blacks look at Blackface,” the comic continued. “They go ‘oh, this b—- is doing an impression of me!’”
It’s worth pointing out that this isn’t some right-of-center turn for Chappelle. The comedian has taken plenty of shots at white Americans and Trump supporters in particular. Here’s the thing — that’s comedy. It’s an art form that by definition attempts to be brazen and make listeners feel a little uncomfortable. Then you laugh your way through it. There’s a real beauty to that, and Chappelle is considered one of the best for a reason.
There’s an interesting intellectual critique to be taken from The Closer. Even for those who disagree with the overall message (and we certainly have our disagreements), it’s interesting to unpack.
Certain groups of the radical left claim that they are continuing where Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X left off in the fight for civil rights. Many are so bold as to claim that the fight for LGBT rights in the United States is on the same level as the push for black rights in the 1960s. This is demonstrably ridiculous on many levels. Within the span of a few years, the LGBT agenda has been almost universally embraced by every single international corporation, government agency, and entertainment entity. It’s not the same.
Of course, there’s also comedy for comedy’s sake, and Chappelle’s latest routine is not lacking in any of it. If you’re invested, watch it on Netflix now before the progressives get it taken down.