Dave Chappelle has parroted demeaning tropes about LGBTQ people in his latest Netflix special, argues Michael Crawford in NBC News. He agreed with J.K. Rowling and others who say that trans women are not women. He plays LGBTQ and black people off against each other, ignoring that these two groups often intersect. Chappelle mocked trans and gay people, all while presenting himself as a truth-teller. This is not the case. He has a long history of sharp insight but is furthering tired stereotypes. His jokes normalize harmful attitudes, especially given his immense platform, which will see them repeated by his large audience.
Dave Chappelle's new comedy show "The Closer" is witty and insightful, argues Andrew Sullivan for The Weekly Dish. His comments about the LGBTQ community are relevant and poignant. Every group should be able to laugh at themselves from time to time, including this one. The pushback against Chappelle is not warranted; too many people seek to be offended. He is not anti-trans; he supports the whole LGBTQ community. However, he also thinks that there's a difference between someone who was born a biological woman and someone who wasn't, which is his right. Those calling him a bigot are misguided.