I've stayed out of this thread after my reply, because politics or whatever always goes down a shitty wormhole vortex on the Org. I also hadn't watched the special.
A funny note: I noticed two white women, rather portly one with funky color hair, get a little non-smiling when he said something about white women with dirty feet in Michigan.
As a gay person who is doing his best to be anti-racist, and pro-human, etc etc etc: I didn't find Chappelle to be homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, or racist. Even he said it in the special, if you think that's what he's saying, you're not listening. People are acting in the base moment, rather than taking a few steps back and looking at the whole picture.
If it made LGBTQIAWXYZ folks uncomfortable, then maybe we need to be. Maybe we need to stop thinking of ourselves as the next Black rights movement, that we can fully identify with Black people's struggles for equal rights, because we can't. Maybe we need to support and be proactive with other marginalized communities, and frankly use our whiteness to affect change.
Comedians are supposed to reflect society back to us, with humor, wit, sarcasm. Dave has done that, but folks don't like the delivery. If you want period jokes and boob jokes and dick jokes front to back, go watch Amy Schumer or Sarah Silverman. If you want something more intelligent, listen to George Carlin, Richard Pryor, or Dave Chappelle.
But maybe, we should just be listening more than we're all getting up in arms about something. Dave Chappelle is not any of those things people peg him to be. He's thinking outside the box, looking at a larger picture. Frankly, a lot like James Baldwin did, who got on racist 1960s television and spoke the motherfucking truth about being Black in America. Now, we have Dave on Netflix - a company who has practiced racist and sexist policies againts folks like Wanda Sykes and Mo'Nique but paid huge sums to not-so-funny women like Amy Schumer - doing the same thing, and folks are pissed off.
Well, if you're pissed off, you're not listening.
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