Dave Chappelle Defends J.K. Rowling in New Netflix Special, Calls Himself a TERF

"I'm Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact," he says

BY Allie GregoryPublished Oct 6, 2021

Netflix unleashed Dave Chappelle's new comedy special The Closer this week, and to the dismay of many, his jokes have once again gone too far, especially when it comes to the ways he speaks about the LGBTQ community.

During one segment of the special, the comedian defends Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who is now arguably better known for her open transphobia than for writing about wizard children. During the bit, Chappelle effectively tells the audience that he agrees with Rowling's anti-trans stance and openly calls himself a TERF.

"They cancelled J.K. Rowling – my God," Chappelle said in the show. "Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as shit, they started calling her a TERF."

He continued, "I'm Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact."

Chappelle elaborated:

Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren't women, I am just saying that those pussies that they got… you know what I mean? I'm not saying it's not pussy, but it's Beyond Pussy or Impossible Pussy. It tastes like pussy, but that's not quite what it is, is it? That's not blood, that's beet juice.

Throughout his tirade, Chappelle plays willfully ignorant to the scientifically backed fact that gender is a social construct divorced from an individual's reproductive organs. As per the World Health Organization, "Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviours and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy, as well as relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society to society and can change over time."

Throughout the special, Chappelle also pits the issue of racism against anti-LGBTQ sentiments, seemingly attempting to discredit detractors' requests that he cease "punching down" on other oppressed communities. Ignoring the warranted critiques of his harmful jokes, the comedian doubled down, whining that trans women "want me dead" for his transgressions. 

Elsewhere in the special Chappelle joked that known homophobe DaBaby "punched the LGBTQ community right in the AIDS" with his Rolling Loud Miami controversy, and wondered why it is that he never got "cancelled" for allegedly shooting and killing a man in a North Carolina Walmart.

"Part of the LGBTQ+ community doesn't know DaBaby's history," said Chappelle.

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