Dave Chappelle was met with thunderous applause from his fellow celebrities during a Thursday screening of a biographical film chronicling his life – days after sparking controversy by backing Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in her highly-publicized spat with the transgender community.
‘If this is what being canceled is like, I love it,’ the 48-year-old funnyman said Thursday night to a star-studded audience at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.
Chapelle had faced furious backlash from the LGBTQ community for making remarks in his latest Netflix special, The Closer, that some have claimed are transphobic.
In the stand-up special – his sixth for the streaming service – Chapelle joked about Rowling’s 2019 statement that transgender women were not actually women and were a threat to her identity.
Rowling, 56, subsequently received a slew of hate messages and death threats for her comments on sex and gender after the incident, with the hashtag #RIPJKRowling trending on social media last year.
Rowling was then labeled a ‘TERF’ by the LGBTQ community – which stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist.’
Chappelle joked that he embraced the label.
‘I’m Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man,’ Chappelle says in the special, aligning himself with the ousted writer.
‘Gender is a fact,’ he then remarks.
Chapelle adds: ‘Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact.’
In the contentious special, Chapelle also jokes that women today view transwomen the same way black people might view white women wearing blackface, and remarked that women are entitled to feel anger toward transwomen, since Caitlyn Jenner won Glamour magazine’s 2015 Woman of the Year award.
‘I’d be mad as sh*t if I was a woman,’ Chappelle says during a problematic bit.
The star also jokes about the anatomy of transwomen in the special, joking that they lacked real female reproductive organs and that they did not have blood but ‘beet juice.’
During a speech at Thursdays event, however, the superstar comic steered clear of any material that might offend members of the LGBTQ community but he did show his contempt towards the recent phenomenon known as ‘cancel culture.’
‘If this is what being canceled is like, I love it,’ the Half Baked star said as took the stage to a standing ovation.
The remark by the comic, and many more that followed it, was met with cheers and uproarious applause from the crowd, which boasted a host of A-list celebrities, like Brad Pitt, Tiffany Haddish, Jon Hamm, Snoop Dogg, and more.
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Source: Daily Mail