Actors, actors, comedians and authors involved in the trans community have pointed out the inconsistency in Dave Chappelle’s latest standup tour. The US comedian, who is currently touring North America, is reported to have made some comments about his own past sexual orientation.
As part of a routine called Partying is Painful, he reportedly joked: “I was always telling people: ‘I’m not gay, I’m queer.’ I went to therapy for six years.” He is then reported to have said: “Me being too gay was my biggest problem.”
The backlash started when he is said to have made references to his former female girlfriend. The comedian is reportedly alleged to have said: “Now a little bit of me is still bitter about that … They kinda got away with murder but yo, it was tough. I was 19. I had an 18-year-old girlfriend, she wanted out, she’s like a fair-skinned black woman from New York.”
Robin Thede (@robinthede) Dave Chappelle said the N word like seven times. Who the fuck invited Dave Chappelle to perform at Rosa Parks Theatre in Tuskegee?
Odi (@olandoga) Ya know. This means we are back in 2017 Dave. May we just put a moratorium on talking about racism and transphobia. https://t.co/J3qvntcfXh
In his latest tour routine, Chappelle is reported to have made a joke about molestation, while the sketch comedy show Key & Peele recently called out a joke on Portlandia about mobster prostitution being rape.
The Cosby Show actor Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable, said: “He offended me and a lot of trans people out there.”