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Dave Chappelle’s Obsession with Mocking Trans People Continues in New Netflix Special ‘The Dreamer’: ‘I Love Punching Down’

Maybe it’s time for Dave Chappelle to try some new material.

The comedian’s new special, “The Dreamer,” debuted on Netflix on December 31 and focuses largely on his early years in entertainment and how he manifested his success. But he floods the first 12 minutes of the set by revisiting his favorite target of recent years: transgender people.

Chappelle opens the special by telling the story of visiting Jim Carrey while he was filming the 1999 film “Man on the Moon,” where the actor went on set while portraying comedian Andy Kaufman. Dave recalls being “very disappointed” that he spent the day talking to Carrey impersonating Kaufman, ending by saying, “That’s how trans people make me feel.” »

He then addressed the controversy surrounding his anti-trans material, saying, “If you came here to this show tonight thinking I’m going to make fun of these people again, you’re on the wrong show.” I don’t fuck with these people anymore. It wasn’t worth it. I don’t say anything about them. Maybe three or four times tonight, but that’s it. I’m tired of talking about them. And you want to know why I’m tired of talking about them? Because these people were acting like I needed them to be funny. Well, that’s ridiculous. I do not need you. I have a whole new angle coming. You’ll never see this shit coming. I don’t make trans jokes anymore.

He then said he was going to joke about “disabled” people instead because “they’re not as organized as gays.” And I love hitting.

A few minutes later, Chappelle returned to the subject, saying, “To be honest with you, I’ve been trying to repair my relationship with the transgender community because I don’t want them to think I don’t like them.” Do you know how I fixed it? I wrote a play. I did it. Because I know gay people love to play. It’s a very sad, but moving piece. She is a black transgender woman whose pronoun is unfortunately n***a. It’s heartbreaking. At the end of the play, she dies of loneliness because white liberals don’t know how to talk to her. It’s sad.”

He later joked: “God forbid I go to jail.” But if I do, I hope it’s in California. As soon as the judge sentences me, I will say, “Before he sentences me, I want the court to know that I identify as a woman.” Send me to a women’s prison. As soon as I get there, you know what I’m going to do. “Give me your fruit cocktail, bitch, before I knock out your teeth.” I’m a girl, just like you, bitch. Come here and suck this girl’s cock of mine. Don’t make me explain myself. I am a girl.'”

Later in the special, Chappelle spoke out when he was attacked on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in 2002 by an assailant armed with a replica weapon capable of discharging a knife blade. Chappelle recalled trying to diffuse tensions after the incident with a joke, telling the audience, “He was a trans man! » But he said it didn’t go well, considering the audience’s response: “‘Boo. It’s Los Angeles, we love trans people.’

Chappelle also said the attacker “had a knife that identified as a gun” and “I set them off because I made LBGTQ (sic) jokes and it turns out this guy was a ‘B'”. He also joked that he knew the attacker. was bisexual, he “could have been raped”.

Filmed at the Lincoln Theater in Chappelle’s hometown of Washington, D.C., “The Dreamer” is the comedian’s seventh Netflix-exclusive stand-up special.

Chappelle has been criticized in recent years for his frequent comments regarding the transgender community, including in his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer.” The controversial material prompted Netflix employees to walk out and protest in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. While Netflix’s Ted Sarandos first defended the comedian and his right to artistic freedom in a memo distributed to Netflix employees, he later said he “screwed up” in his reaction to the controversy.

A photo of Sarandos and Chappelle smiling together is shown during the credits of “The Dreamer”.

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