A transgender comedian has defended Dave Chappelle over his controversial Netflix standup special.
The Closer has attracted a lot of headlines after the 48-year-old made comments about the trans and gay community.
In one section, he sided with J.K. Rowling and slammed the cancel culture that criticised her for speaking out about her beliefs.
"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 then went on to say: "Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren't women, I am just saying that those p*****s that they got ... you know what I mean?
"I'm not saying it's not pussy, 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."
Chappelle also highlighted how there was much more outrage over rapper DaBaby's controversial HIV and gay comments at a music festival than the fact that he shot and killed someone.
It didn't take long before people were outraged over the 'jokes' and Netflix was under pressure to remove the standup show from the platform.
However, Dave has found an unlikely ally in Flame Monroe.
The trans comedian has staunchly defended Chappelle and essentially said everyone needs to relax a bit.
Speaking on CNN Newsroom, Flame was asked what her reaction was to hearing and seeing the standup show.
"It made me scream out loud laughing because I saw the humour in it," she said.
"I'm a comedian, I'm a human, and I know who Dave Chappelle is and what Dave Chappelle is. He's a comedian, so I thought it was funny.
"And some of the things he said, Pam, hear me when I, as a trans person, I did, like 'Ooh,' but when it's the truth and it's funny, it's just humour. It's just laughter. We keep missing that.
"We have to be able to [act] like grown people and stop being so sensitised in this world and be able to take a joke. It's only a joke. Nobody lost their life."
Monroe added that she 'absolutely' doesn't understand the hype around the criticism and called on other comedians to continue pushing the boundaries.
"I didn't take any of that to be offensive enough to take down from Netflix," she said.
"I applaud Netflix for sticking to their guns. I appreciate them for seeing that the world is not just what you want it to be, but the world is what it is.
"You have to play along, get along to go along. Everybody just don't want to do that, somebody are already combative and argumentative. I'm not. I'm a happy person."
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