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Dave Chappelle Courts Controversy After Dialogue With Fan Over Trans Jokes

  Jan 03, 2018 16:36
Dave Chappelle isn't making everyone happy with his latest Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle's comedy has always been on the edgier side, dating back to his days working on his seminal Comedy Central sketch comedy show. Courting political and racial subject matter, the beloved comedian has never shied away from darker or more controversial subject matter but, as far as the material in his new special Equanimity goes, one fan thinks he's regressed in a particular area.

During the aforementioned hour, Chappelle makes reference to a letter written to him by a fan that was left in his hotel room while on tour. In the letter, the fan (who remained nameless in the special) admonished the stand-up for his use of a supposedly offensive joke about trans people. Chappelle used the opportunity to dive into a whole elongated bit about trans jokes and how people are easily perturbed by things that he says on stage, perhaps overly so. The fan has since penned a response and, as far as we can still, the man in question is none too impressed with Chappelle's response to the letter.

An individual by the name of Tyler Foster posted on Medium that he believes he is the letter writer referenced in the special, and explained that his letter was penned after seeing Chappelle do a set in Seattle in March of 2016. In Foster's opinion, the comic's use of the letter as fodder for his on-stage routine was disappointing in that "[...] weirdly, the rewrite makes the bit even more dismissive, ignoring a complaint ostensibly from someone directly affected by the material rather than a bystander like myself." Looks like bygones are going to be left as such in the near future for Foster where Chappelle is concerned.

Do you think there are topics that comedians should avoid while entertaining a crowd? Let us know in the comments.

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Big Bank Buddha
- Jan 3, 2018

Just watched this last night lmao. Just a Goat doing Goat things. Dave is as raw as it gets and if you're too sensitive to laugh at reality then you have a more serious internal issue.

Q Mateen
- Jan 5, 2018

How u gone bitch about jokes? They deserve 2 be talked about for dat crybaby ass shit

- Jan 4, 2018

When you go to a comedy show everything is a go. You can even as an audience member be a target of these jokes. Chappelle even takes phones away before the show because they are meant to be heard “in that room only” some dumb fan could just record something out of context and the whole world will be like WHAT?!

Most Interesting Man
- Jan 4, 2018

Remember when comedy was all about offending people? Now comedy is dying because these pussy ass niggas. Look at some of Eddy Murphys old shit, it would have these new age niggas crying and running back to their safe spaces.

Michele Williams
- Jan 4, 2018

Is the transgender community outraged at the jokes he says about Black people? No, because he's a great comedian at that point, right? I love Chappelle! He should write some BLM jokes and I'll beat you that not 1 transgender will be offended.

Jacob Graves
- Jan 4, 2018


- Jan 4, 2018

The only way that could be offensive to trans if he kicked them in the pussy

- Jan 4, 2018

Bet that trans laughed at every “nigga joke” tho

- Jan 4, 2018

if ur easily offenede don't watch chappelle

- Jan 4, 2018

Man tell that motherfuker to shut up if you don’t like it don’t watch.

- Jan 4, 2018

Trans people are mentally ill

- Jan 4, 2018

I am Transgender mtf and I was not offended at all. I Love his Authenticity and willingness to tackel sensitive subjects he is Hilarious and introspective. So I just have to say as a Transgender One persons voice does not speak for the whole of a community. Thanks for the Gut Laughs Dave

- Jan 3, 2018

A shame people get outraged by stuff like this. Chapelle one of the best to do it. Fucking Block Party was epic.

Symere Woods
- Jan 3, 2018

Comedys meant to be offensive af. Theres almost no rules

- Jan 3, 2018

lmfaoooo he did that stand up KNOWING HE GON PISS EVERYONE OFF

- Jan 3, 2018

Shit was hilarious lol

MC Rich
- Jan 3, 2018

Hold up. You got Dave to respond to YOU on a live show and you're bitching about it? Biggest L of 2018 so far. Fucking punk.

Expand Consciousness
- Jan 3, 2018

If you're a little bitch that can't handle someone making light of serious situations, then comedy isn't for you. Stop watching. You're causing your own pain. Fucking idiot.

Static Shock
- Jan 3, 2018

Niggas are too used to Kevin Hart type comedy. Ya'll complain about every little thing. What he said wasn't even Trans-phobic. Dave is a GOAT and the comedy special was flames shit had me dying

Half Ape Half drake
- Jan 3, 2018

dave is the goat.....who cares

Mafoo B
- Jan 3, 2018

These pussy-ass Americans need to STFU! Don't watch the show if you're a weak-minded bitch who gets offended by everything. America needs a good overhaul!

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