Dave Chappelle slammed for anti-trans rhetoric in Netflix special ‘The Closer’

Comedian Dave Chappelle talks with the media while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Jan. 30, 2020, in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images/TNS)
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Kate Feldman New York Daily News (TNS)

A lot of people aren’t laughing at Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special.

The stand-up comic wrapped his new Netflix offering, “The Closer,” by promising that he was “done” with jokes about the queer community, but not before a monologue of anti-trans comments that have drawn ire and disgust.

“Gender is a fact,” Chappelle said during the special, which hit Netflix on Tuesday.


“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–sies that they got… you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not p—y, but it’s Beyond P—y or Impossible P—y. It tastes like p—y, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood. That’s beet juice.”

He also labeled himself “team TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and praised “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling for her anti-trans stance.

“In our country, you can shoot and kill a [N-word], but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings,” Chappelle said, specifically talking about rapper DaBaby.

The so-called jokes drew rebuke online, including from “Dear White People” executive producer Jaclyn Moore, who swore not to work with Netflix again “as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”

GLAAD also criticized both the streaming service and the comedian, pointing out that this is not the first time he has made such comments.

“Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities,” GLAAD said in a statement Wednesday night. “Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don’t support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree.”

A spokesperson for Netflix declined to comment when reached by the Daily News.


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