Controversial Dave Chappelle and other stand-ups who made comebacks

Dave Chappelle closes out comeback run with controversial ninth comedy special

Stars Insider

06/10/21 | StarsInsider


Stand-up comedy is no funny business. It's a tight industry, with only a handful of names making it to A-list status. Dave Chappelle is one of the lucky ones who made it, and then made it again after a long hiatus, though not without some self-inflicted bumps along the way.

Even marking the end of his run with his ninth and final stand-up special (and sixth on Netflix), 'The Closer,' released on October 5, has once again sparked backlash from the LGBTQ+ community. Chappelle continued to make "jokes" about transgender people, spewing comments like, "Gender is a fact. 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," which confuses gender with biological sex. He also made jokes about trans women's private parts, calling them the Beyond or Impossible versions, referencing the fake meat companies. Twitter erupted in backlash, calling out Chappelle's obsession with trans bodies and criticizing his humor for being lazy and disingenuous. 

The controversial comedian also defended DaBaby, who infamously made similarly ignorant and harmful remarks about the LGBTQ+ community, but Chappelle took it one step further. He addressed the LGBTQ+ community "directly," saying he would like to "negotiate the release of DaBaby," and drawing a line between white LGBTQ+ people and Black people who've gotten in trouble with them. "All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people?" Chappelle said, drawing more criticism from Black queer people. One Twitter user pointed out, "This is ignoring how Hart, DaBaby, and Chappelle himself punched down first, but more pertinent is that again there is that divide. The thought of a gay or trans black person is foreign to him. We don't exist. We are outside of his experience and therefore, a white experience."

His comeback has certainly gone out with a bang, but Chappelle is far from the only comedian with a controversial comeback story. Click on to discover some other famous cases.


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