A new study reveals comedian Dave Chappelle can not be transphobic. The peer-reviewed paper titled Dave Chappelle Can’t Be Transphobic Because He Had A Trans Friend was published in the journal I Can’t Be Racist Because I Have A Black Friend.
Controversies around the man who created the hit program Chappelle’s Show are not new. In his newest Netflix special The Closer he doubles down on previous jokes about the trans community. Chappelle jokes about being a TERF (a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist – someone who believes trans women are not really women) and then explains how he had a friend who is a trans woman so that makes it OK.
Professor Andrew Canard is the lead author of the paper. “Even though it’s clear from the special that this individual wasn’t a personal friend of Dave’s — they were a fan and little more — it’s clear this relationship absolves the comedian of any bigotry,” he said.
Team Chappelle is rallying around the research even as data shows transgender bigotry is on the rise.
Some activists are calling for action.
“With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better,” National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns said in a statement on Wednesday (October 6). “Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”
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