Dave Chappelle’s 5 most controversial jokes from ‘The Closer’ Netflix special


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Comedian receives backlash from LGBTQ+ community over comments made in his sixth Netflix special

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Dave Chappelle is facing a huge backlash over jokes he made during his sixth and potentially final standup special for Netflix’s “The Closer.”

The 48-year-old comedian is being criticized by many in the LGBTQ+ community after he doubled down on the comments he made about the transgender community in his previous special “Sticks and Stones”, and after speaking out to major LGBTQ+ organizations Since then he has shown no signs of remorse. Against both him and Netflix for giving them a platform.


With so much debate and controversy surrounding the comedian, some may be confused as to what exactly he said that caused so much disdain. To help put the debate into context, below is a list of the top 5 most controversial jokes from Chappelle’s “The Closer.”

addressing previous comments

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So many people think that Chappell is doubling down on previous comments, as he devoted almost the last third of his comedy special to talking about LGBTQ+ issues, especially when it comes to the transgender community. He first caught reaction For comments made on both “Sticks and Stones” as well as his other Netflix specials. During part of this latest special, Chappelle argued that anyone who had actually been paying attention to his past work would know that he was never really talking about the transgender community when he told them about his Was making a joke.

“I’ve never had a problem with transgender people,” he declares. “If you listen to me, clearly my problem has always been with white people.”

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He continued: “Go back, go back tonight, after the show… I said, ‘How much do I have to attend to your self-image?’ I said, ‘You shouldn’t discuss this in front of black people,’ ‘I know n——- in Brooklyn who wear high heels to feel safe,’ I asked you about Bruce Jenner. Why is it easier for Cassius Clay to change his gender than to change his name?”

“I’m not even talking about them, I’m talking about us and they don’t listen.”

Defense of JK Rowling

While Chappelle made a defense for his earlier comments, many people who tuned in to “The Closer” found his comments defending “Harry Potter” writer JK Rowling.

“He canceled JK Rowling – My God,” Chappell says in his special. “Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad (disrespectful), they started calling her TERF.”

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“TERF” is a term that many critics have applied to Rowling for “Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminist”. It pertains to someone who believes in feminism, but does not include transgender women as part of their personal belief or activism on the matter.

“They view transgender women the way we see blacks in blackface,” Chappelle explains. “They go ‘Oh, this B—- is making an impression on me!’”

That’s when Chappelle proudly announced that he also identified as “TERF”.

‘Gender is a fact’

Dave Chappelle is featured in Netflix's 'The Closer'.

The comedian then spent a few minutes on the biological aspects of gender, discounting what many critics and transgender activists have argued, limiting the conversation to only biology rather than the social construction of gender.

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Chappell said in the special, “Every human being in this room, every human being on earth has to pass through a woman’s feet to be on earth, that is a fact.” “Now I’m not saying that trans women aren’t women. I’m just saying that the p—– they got… you know what I mean?” I’m not saying it isn’t p—-, but it is beyond p—- or impossible p—-.”

dabi controversy

Des Chappelle talks about rapper Dabi in his recent Netflix special.

Chappelle didn’t take a joke after making Dabi for “cancelling” the LGBTQ+ community homophobic comments Recently at a Miami-area concert. The criticism forced him to make several apologies Dropped from Lollapalooza lineup.

In “The Closer,” Chappelle noted that the rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, faced a career struggle more from homophobic comments than from the 2018 shooting that left the 19-year-old dead.

“A portion of the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t know Dabi’s history,” Chappelle says. “They shot once [19-year-old Jaylin Craig] And killed him, at Walmart. That it is.”

“Dabby got shot and killed” [man] At Walmart in North Carolina. Nothing bad happened in his career,” he continued. “Do you see where I’m going with this? In our country, you can shoot and kill a [man]But you better not hurt the feelings of a gay person.”

Fox46 It was reported at the time that the shooting charges were dropped after a key witness did not turn up to testify. DaBaby claims that Craig was trying to rob her, but his family says that was not the case.

In October 2019, the Grammy-nominated rapper told Billboard that “I can’t sleep” during the shoot he said was “inevitable”.

calling a ceasefire

Dave Chappelle spoke directly to the LGBTQ+ community to close his special.

A lot of Chappelle’s specials were devoted to talking about his past jokes about the LGBTQ+ community and the controversy that followed. He closed his special with a note about empathy and how it doesn’t belong to any one community. Although he meant it as a rebuke to the canceled culture, he eventually turned to the LGBTQ+ community. As a result, despite spending a lot of time in his special discussion on the community, he said he would not discuss it any more.

“I’m not going to tell another joke about you until we’re sure we’re laughing together. I’m telling you, my work is done, I’m done,” he concludes. Removed. “I ask your community with all humility, will you please stop punching my people.”

For context, the phrase “punching down” is typically reserved for when someone of higher status uses the platform to mock an individual or community with a lower status. During “The Closer”, Chappelle mentioned how the phrase angered him when it was applied by his critics to his comments on the LGBTQ+ community. As a result, the minor conflict he was offering flipped the script and meant that the community at large was able to quash high-profile people like himself, and therefore sit in the high-status seat. Is.

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