Dave Chappelle tore into the apparent hypocrisy of trans rights protesters using the very violence they accuse his comedy of inciting.
In a live special for his ‘The Midnight Miracle’ podcast, the 49-year-old comedian recalled protests outside his July shows in Minnesota following calls to cancel him over jokes about the transgender community .
“It was about adult people of different sexes and gender identities” who “threw eggs at people queuing to see the show,” he said.
“One lady was so angry” she “picked up a police barricade” to use against fans still set to see him at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, he told his audience.
“That bitch picked up that barricade on her own and threw it at the crowd,” he jokingly recalled, “I have to tell you, that’s an incredible feat of strength for a woman.”
In the podcast co-hosted with Brooklyn rappers Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey, Chappelle noted the irony of protesters resorting to such behavior given their accusations against him and his ongoing material about them.
“One of the things that these people, trans people and their surrogates, always say is that my jokes are somehow going to be the source of impending violence,” he said.
“But I have to tell you, as abrasive as [the activists] were – the way they were protesting, throwing eggs at people, throwing barricades, swearing and shouting – no one beat them,” he said, joking that even “the crowd at one Luther Vandross concert fk these n-as up.”
He rejected the suggestion that a push to cancel it was motivated by “love”.
“They want to be feared. If you say that, then we will punish you – we will come to … f – k your appearance,” he said. “And they just can’t do that to me.”
Chappelle said on the second night of protests he ‘made a point of trying to talk to them’ – admitting it was a ‘huge fucking mistake’.
Of the 15 or so protesters, only three appeared to be “lucid” while the other 12 stuck to the playbook: “We are here to stir shit up,” he said.
“I feel like they wanted me to say something inflammatory… in a weird way, I think some of them intended to incite violence against themselves at advertising purposes,” he said.
When a ‘mean’ activist ‘screamed’ at him for addressing them as ‘Madame’ without knowing how they identify themselves, Chappelle replied that he replied: ‘Well, whatever you identify, you are white.”
“And she never objected to that,” he said, suggesting that it was “a bunch of white people … trying to tell one—one to shut up.”
While anger didn’t stop Chappelle from performing, it did keep him from performing at his first favorite venue, Minneapolis’ First Avenue club, famous for Prince’s movie “Purple Rain.”
Although he was booked after his Netflix special previously sparked controversy with his trans jokes, Chappelle said his concerts at the “best rock club in the country” were canceled at the very last minute in the part of an apparent “commitment” to be a “safe”. space.”
“I wasn’t angry that they canceled the show. I was angry at the statement they released,” he said of the club saying “to the staff, the artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry.
“Are you sorry? For booking me?” He asked.
However, Chappelle insisted the club owner – whom he called a married lesbian who was “from this community” – told him “the reason she canceled that show was fear”.
“That Minneapolis has been under siege since George Floyd was murdered” and that “the types of threats they will make that she wasn’t used to.”
On his shows, Chappelle said “gender is a fact” and defended “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, saying he was also a proud member of “Team TERF”. say transexclusive radical feminists.
After Netflix walkouts, employee complaints and social outcry, he was attacked on stage by armed audience member Isaiah Lee during a show at the Hollywood Bowl in May.
Addressing all of his detractors, Chappelle said, “I’m not even mad that they’re challenging my work. Good. Fine.
“What I take issue with is the idea that because they don’t like it, I’m not allowed to say it,” he said on his podcast.
“Art is a nuanced business. I believe they are trying to remove nuances from American discourse and culture.
“They make people talk like they own the right or the left, everything seems absolute, whereas any opinion I respect is much more nuanced than these binary choices they keep giving us.
“I don’t see the world in red or blue…and I think art is the perfect place to talk about that,” he said.
“In fact, [it] may be the last place.