During a star-studded, sold-out show in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 7, comedian Dave Chappelle railed against cancel culture, Twitter, and left-leaning news outlets amid controversy over his latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” saying, “If this is what being canceled is about, I love it.”
“I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad [expletive],” the 48-year-old comedian told an ecstatic audience of more than 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl following the showing of his “Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary,” New York Post reported.
The passionate stand-up comedian then became more explicit and pointed.
“[Expletive] Twitter. [expletive] NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life,” he said to his roaring audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chappelle responded to the abuse he’s received since the premiere of his sixth and final Netflix special on Tuesday, Oct. 5, which has been dubbed “transphobic” by some.
“They canceled J.K. Rowling, my God,” Chappelle said in the special, “The Closer.” “Effectually she said gender was a fact, and then the trans community got mad as [expletive], they started calling her a TERF.”
To the audience’s delight, the comic revealed himself to be a member of “Team TERF”—trans-exclusionary radical feminists.
“I agree,” he said. “I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective.”
Chappelle also faced backlash for equating rapper DaBaby’s homophobic comments with systemic racism, claiming that in America, you can “shoot and kill a [N-word],” but you “better not hurt a gay person’s feelings.” He was alluding to the rapper’s fatal 2018 shooting at a Walmart in North Carolina.
“Dave Chappelle: The Closer” was ranked No. 4. On Netflix’s top 10 streaming list as of Friday, Oct. 8.
“As he closes out his slate of comedy specials, Dave Chappelle takes the stage to try and set the record straight—and get a few things off his chest,” reads a listing for the 72-minute special.