Dave Chappelle is back on the scene with a pair of new comedy specials — his first in years — and that means a fresh round of headlines about the normally reclusive star.
The comedian made news earlier this week when he criticized Key & Peele for stealing his act. Now, he's in hot water with the LGBTQ community following the release of his two highly anticipated Netflix comedy specials, in which many of his jokes come at the expense of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities.
This latest criticism comes on the heels of an incident in November when Chappelle voiced his support for then-candidate Donald Trump and made offensive remarks about the LGBTQ community.
One offensive joke revolved around how he had argued with a gay man who sought to remove the words “husband” and “wife” from marriage licenses. “N***a please, save me the semantics,” the comedian said in front of a live audience. “Take your chips out of the casino, you’re about to crap out. Go outside, talk it over amongst yourselves and whichever one of you is gayer, that’s the wife.”
He also implied that Black men are more of a target then trans women, saying he knows “Black dudes in Brooklyn, hard, street motherf**kers, who wear high heels just to feel safe.”
While many applauded Chappelle's return to comedy, he might have gone too far with some of his jokes. Check out some of the reactions, below:
"DAVE CHAPPELLE IS A HOMOPHOBIC MISOGYNISTIC RACIST....." pic.twitter.com/a8HHTJzvva— Gold Leader (@Immaculate__ICE) March 22, 2017
"Dave Chappelle is homophobic and transphobic"— Jordan Locke (@JKLocke95) March 22, 2017
"Kevin Hart and Key and Peele are funnier"
"He's not that funny"
"DAVE CHAPPELLE IS NOT FUNNY. HE'S ALSO CANCELLED CAUSE HE GOT DRAGGED BY LITERALLY EVERYONE FOR BEING HOMOPHOBIC & HATING TRANS PEOPLE" pic.twitter.com/QRcOEE3CD1— Jabree Bryant (@TJ_HatesBitches) March 22, 2017
Me watching Dave Chappelle make homophobic and transphobic jokes to cover up his dated set. pic.twitter.com/nJBnHX13uU— Isaiah T. Taylor (@Bboy_Izilla) March 22, 2017
Hey Dave Chappelle trans WOC face the most violence in the US trans women of color are going missing and being murdered it isn't a joke— Saumya (@saumgul) March 22, 2017
Not at all surprised by latest Dave Chappelle trans/homophobia. Dude's a comic genius but this strain of bigotry spans his entire career.— Contra (@ContraPoints) March 22, 2017
By watching Dave Chappelle's new work, his old work, or any comedy that dehumanizes trans people, you are coming out as a transphobe.— Venus Selenite (@venusselenite) March 23, 2017
You don't support trans people if you're saying Dave Chappelle was "just telling jokes"— BlackTransExcellence (@eTheHustla) March 22, 2017
Y'all know Dave Chappelle has said homophobic jokes his entire career, so why TF would you sit down & watch the specials if you knew this?— marie💮 (@mjosizzle) March 22, 2017
See how Dave paid respects to Prince at last year's BET Awards above.
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