Dave Chappelle’s recent special on Netflix, “The Closer,” stirred the pot.
I watched the show, from beginning to end, and I did not see anything wrong with it.
Politicians and some talking heads representing the LGBTQ community thought otherwise, however, and have worked overtime trying to destroy this man’s career… but Chappelle is not backing down.
I have seen comedians go too far with narratives, but that is not Chappelle.
He does and always has opened up the floor to discuss issues that nobody dares to tackle, and he does it in a fair way.
Chappelle hits everyone, including himself, all the time.
Since his special came out, however, the outrage it caused among the talking heads has had him blacklisted from film festivals to the point he is now putting out his new documentary on his own.
He is having a traveling film festival of sorts, taking the movie on a quick tour around the country.
On this, Chappelle stated, “This film that I made was invited to every film festival in the United States and some of those invitations I accepted.
“When this controversy came out about ‘The Closer,’ they began disinviting me from these film festivals.
“And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film.”
He also discussed a rumor that he refused to sit down with the LGBTQ community…
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Believe me, there are some comedians that deserve to be canceled, but I would not advocate for that simply because I think the more they open their mouths, the more foolish they look.
I can unequivocally say that Chappelle is not one of them.
He says controversial things, and he says things that have probably made people uncomfortable at times, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
If he evokes honest thought and conversation, he has represented his art form properly, and that can never be silenced.
I don’t need to like, understand, or even support 100 percent of what you do to support you, which is kind of Chappelle’s whole point.