Dave Chappelle is opening up about the backlash he confronted for his anti-trans remarks. The stand-up comic tackled this concern on a podcast.
Dave’s exhibit in Minneapolis was cancelled amid claims of his anti-trans remarks. The venue reportedly explained to him that they were being hoping to create a “safe space” for everyone. In the podcast, Dave reported that they “wanted me to say one thing inflammatory” as protesters allegedly threw eggs at the enthusiasts ready to see his exhibit at the new location at Varsity Theater.
“In a weird way, they experienced the intention of inciting violence in opposition to by themselves for publicity,” he reported.
He extra, “The trans [people] and their surrogates often say that my jokes are in some way gonna be the root cause of some impending violence that they feel is unavoidable for my jokes. But I gotta convey to you, as abrasive as they ended up, the way they ended up protesting, throwing eggs at persons, throwing barricades, cussing and screaming, [none of my fans] defeat ‘em up.”
“I was upset. I wasn’t mad that they canceled the show,” he claimed. “I was mad at the statement they released… You’re sorry? For reserving me? What is there to be sorry about is the position I was taking… I’m not even mad that they get problem with my work. Superior, good. Who cares? What I take concern with is the notion that since they don’t like it, I’m not permitted to say it,” he reported.
Dave Chappelle ongoing, “They want to be feared. ‘If you say this, then we will punish you. We’ll arrive to First Avenue and f*** your exhibit up and we’ll arrive to the Varsity Theater and f**** your demonstrate up.’ And they just really do not get to do that.”