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Why Some Conservatives Are Speaking Out Against Dave Chappelle

The right has rallied around comedian Dave Chappelle amid backlash over his jokes about transgender people – but a handful of dissidents have warned conservatives are being played for fools.


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Pedro Gonzalez, the associate editor at Chronicles Magazine, echoing other populists on Twitter, criticized conservatives Tuesday for supporting Chappelle despite the comedian’s history of mocking them.

Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire tweeted last week that the right should be prepared to see Chappelle “cave and back track” on his defiance of woke critics because he is only receiving support “from people he doesn’t like (white conservatives). ”

Critics of liberalism, such as podcast hosts Anna Khachiyan and Aimee Terese, were even more scathing in their assessments of Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, “The Closer.”

  • Hannah Gadsby AND Dave Chappelle are BOTH making stunning and brave comedy specials for the Obama network,” snarked Terese earlier this month.
  • Around the same time, Khachiyan tweeted: “Dave Chappelle hoarding plausible deniability by making it about race/being knowingly self-deprecating/invoking his dead trans friend is the opposite of ‘going hard in the paint.'”

Writer Niccolo Soldo similarly mocked any conservatives feeling victorious about Chappelle’s resistance to being “canceled.”


In a tweet Monday, Richard Hanania, the president of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, called out conservatives for lionizing NBA player Enes Kanter given his support for LGBT causes and Black Lives Matter.

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