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Dave Chappelle Defends J.K. Rowling And DaBaby In New Netflix Special


Dave Chappelle Defends J.K. Rowling And DaBaby In New Netflix Special

Dave Chappelle's new Netflix comedy show has dropped and it's already picking headlines for controversial reasons.

The final show in the comedian's deal with the streaming platform is titled The Closer and he discusses recent examples of celebrities being cancelled for different reasons.

One person he spoke about is Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who copped a severe amount of backlash for her views on trans women.


She took issue with an article that said 'people who menstruate' instead of 'women' who menstruate in an attempt to make it as inclusive as possible.

Rowling said this attempt at inclusion seemingly excludes women from their own bodily narrative.

She was quick to point out that she isn't anti-trans, but was just concerned about how cisgendered women like her are starting to feel erased from femininity due to the trans community.

Rowling was called a TERF, which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist and the term is used to describe a fringe group of feminists who don't believe trans women are women.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Dave Chappelle told his audience about how he stands with the legendary author.

"They canceled J.K. Rowling, my God. Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as s**t, they started calling her a TERF," he said in the Netflix show.

"I'm Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact."


He went on to say that he believes trans women are women and that 'people who watch my specials would know that I never had a problem with transgender people'.

But that wasn't the only controversial statement during the standup show that has attracted headlines.

He also brought up rapper DaBaby's recent media attention and the criticism he copped for making ignorant comments about the LGBT community and about HIV/AIDS.

Credit: James Atoa/UPI
Credit: James Atoa/UPI

During his performance at Rolling Loud music festival, DaBaby told people to put their phone lights on but only if they 'didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS or other STDs that'll make you die in 2-3 weeks'.

He also told male members of the crowd to put their phones up if they 'didn't suck a n***** d*ck in the parking lot'.

Dave Chappelle explained that the rapper has a pretty controversial past experience that seemed to fly more under the radar than his comments at Rolling Loud.

"Part of the LGBTQ+ community doesn't know DaBaby's history. He once shot [19-year-old Jaylin Craig] and killed him, in Walmart. This is true," the comedian said.


"Do you see where I'm going with this? In our country, you can shoot and kill a [man], but you better not hurt a gay person's feelings."

According to Decider, Chappelle alludes to feelings that nearly amount to jealousy of the LGBT community because of how much progress they have made in society, compared to people of colour.

"We are trapped in this predicament for hundreds of years. How the f**k are you making that kind of progress?"

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, J.K. Rowling

Stewart Perrie
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