Dave Chappelle is a very talented stand-up comedian who has spent a not-insignificant amount of time using his massive platform on Netflix to denigrate trans people and gay people, and his latest, supposedly final special on Netflix, The Closer, continues with more of the same.
While claiming to not be transphobic, he made the following “jokes” about trans women:
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. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those p-ssies that they got… you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not p-ssy, but it’s Beyond P-ssy or Impossible P-ssy. It tastes like p-ssy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood. That’s beet juice.
That’s a pretty gross thing to say about a whole other group of people who have nothing to do with you, and who could just choose not to talk about, and yes, it is transphobic.
Chapelle also took some time to talk about DaBaby, who got a lot of backlash for his comments at Miami Rolling Loud, joking he’d come to negotiate the rapper’s release from the LGBTQ community.
“Now, you know I go hard in the paint, but even I saw that shit and was like, ‘Goddamn, DaBaby,'” Chappelle said. “He pushed the button, didn’t he? He pushed the button, punched the [LGBTQ] community right in the AIDS. Can’t do that, can’t do that. But I do believe—and I’ll make this point later—that the kid made a very egregious mistake. I will acknowledge that. But, you know, a lot of the [LGBTQ] community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history. He’s a wild guy.”
Chappelle brought up a fatal shooting that DaBaby was involved in long before he became known for his homophobic remarks.
“In our country, you can shoot and kill a n—a but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings,” Chapelle said.
He did say he’s finally done talking about these issues, adding, “I’m done talking about it. All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people.”
Chapelle seems reluctant to admit that there are a whole lot of Black queer and trans people out there and suggesting their blood is beet juice is definitely not punching up.