National Public Radio TV critic Eric Deggans has accused black comedian Dave Chappelle of “using white privilege to excuse his own homophobia and transphobia.”
In a review Tuesday of Chappelle’s new Netflix special, “The Closer,” Deggans chastised the “Greatest of All Time” for apparently believing he can make fun of LGBT people because racism is worse than anti-LGBT bigotry.
“Too often in The Closer, it just sounds like Chappelle is using white privilege to excuse his own homophobia and transphobia.”https://t.co/6f8UY6RQg6
— Dr. Henry Rose (@thehankrose) October 6, 2021
Chappelle assumes “that the struggle over oppression is a zero-sum game — that because some gay people have access to white privilege in America, all their concerns about stereotyping and marginalization are hollow and subordinate to what Black people face,” Deggans wrote.
- “It ignores the fact that there are plenty of nonwhite gay people who face oppression for both their sexual orientation and their race,” he continued.
- “Too often in ‘The Closer,’ it just sounds like Chappelle is using white privilege to excuse his own homophobia and transphobia.”
- Of Chappelle’s request that LGBT people “stop punching down on my people, Deggans, who is black, said it “just made me terribly angry and disappointed.”
Deggans also charged Chappelle with anti-Semitism for a joke about “Space Jews.”
In response to Deggan’s review, GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation joined other activists and commentators in trying to “cancel” Chappelle.
Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree. https://t.co/yOIyT54819
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 6, 2021