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EtcetEraThread Hollywood Reporter: Dave Chappelle Slams Michael Jackson Accusers and "Cancel Culture" in Netflix Special
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Dismissing Concerns of Transphobia
Joking about society’s ills doesn’t cause them. Chappelle joking about fucked up shit isn’t causing the fucked up shit to happen. It was fucked up already and he just saw the funny in it, because that’s comedy: finding the funny in tragedy. You are way off base in your approach to citing suicide statistics to make jokes about transgender people taboo and making people feel bad about laughing at them. It’s gross, emotionally manipulative behaviour. Suicide in the black community and amongst black teenagers in particular have skyrocketed over the last two decades. Should Chappelle quit making jokes about how difficult life is being black? Should he not be allowed to joke about how fucked up it is to see our youth subjected to a life of drug abuse and crime, or how our children are seen as inherently less innocent and can be sentenced to life in jail even for accidental deaths? These are the things Chappelle has been making jokes about for decades. We laugh at it it’s fucked up, because it’s too real, and to find the funny in all that requires a scalpel and a deft hand, and far more empathy than you are willing to give him credit for. It’s ugly when it doesn’t work but when it does, we laugh till our eyes water and our bellies ache for a reason. That’s why people are willing to give Chappelle such leeway, even when he misses the mark from time to time. Because it’s not easy to do what he does, otherwise we’d have more Chappelles. Now I’m not saying you can’t feel a type of way because that’s also a part of comedy, but you know how you react to a bad joke? You don’t. That’s worse to a comedian than outrage or heckling. Apathy. It’s a far better and more appropriate response than riding roughshod over nuance and accusing the people that laugh at dark jokes at a goddamn comedy show of being horrible individuals that support the absurdity and bigotry that makes up the foundation of comedic sets. Then again, you can and should react however you deem appropriate. That is your right. All I’m saying is that you should expect some push back.