The surprise set from comedian Dave Chappelle that has the internet talking — and his rep issuing a testy statement to Variety — is getting the most attention for having defended Donald Trump from allegations of sexual assault. But it also included a strange resentment of LGBT activists that has the right-wing cheering for Chappelle.
In a surprise set at a New York comedy club, aptly named The Cutting Room, Chappelle defended Donald Trump while making fun of LGBT and women’s rights. He defended transgender Americans from so-called bathroom bills even while being transphobic.
“If you need to show your birth certificate to take a dump at a Walmart in North Carolina, that’s insane,” he said, according to The Observer, then adding that he still doesn’t want “a woman with a dick” using the urinal next to him.
There was also an inexplicable comment about CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz moderating the presidential debate.
“Something about this was backward. A gay white man and a white woman asking a multi-billionaire how he knows the system is rigged and insisting it’s not. Does that sound right to you?” he said. “It didn’t seem right to me.”
Cooper was the first out LGBT person in history to moderate a presidential debate. He was subject to homophobic attacks before and after the debate for his tough questioning of Trump over the filthy Access Hollywood tape, in which the Republican presidential candidate could be overheard bragging about kissing women and grabbing their bodies without permission — although Chappelle “joked” that what Trump did was fine.
“Sexual assault? It wasn’t,” Chappelle said. “He said, ‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it.’ That phrase implies consent. I just don’t like the way the media twisted that whole thing. Nobody questioned it.”
Chappelle might have been continuing a point he made later about anti-LGBT discrimination versus racism. He called out LGBT activists and women in particular for talking about intersectionality.
“They should not be having that conversation in front of black people,” he said. “You go ahead and feel something about your rights. But if you’re putting sexism and homophobia and transphobia in front of racism, you should be ashamed of yourself."
Mic called the set “bizarre” in its headline, and reporter Mathew Rodriguez rhetorically challenged Chappelle to talk with transgender activists.
I’d like to see Chappelle tell a trans woman of color that racism and transphobia are separate phenomenon and should be addressed as such.
— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) November 5, 2016
The story itself was actually first reported by The Observer, the New York newspaper owned by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Then it made its way to Breitbart — the alt-right website once run by Trump’s campaign chairman — and to the conservative Drudge Report, which has peddled the debunked theory that Clinton is hiding a debilitating disease.
An editor-at-large for right-wing conspiracy theory site, Infowars, was a big fan of the Chappelle set.
Dave Chappelle should be applauded. Brave for a comedian to risk the wrath of the intolerant, career destroying left https://t.co/PNPLuHNfuw
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 5, 2016
The author of Gorilla Mindset — who is a big Trump supporter — was also loving it.
"She's not right and we all know it."
Great comedians have a remarkable way of packaging the truth.https://t.co/hNOzj52rWj
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 5, 2016
Buzz had been building that Chappelle would exit his self-imposed exile to host Saturday Night Live in the first show after the election. Then he started trying out his new material. The message from the internet so far: Needs work. And his representative issued a statement to Variety with a reminder that Chappelle is voting for Clinton.
“Dave is disgusted by the tone of the election and especially by the idea that his comedy would be misconstrued to defend Trump. His comedy show blasted both candidates,” the spokesperson said. “By the way, he voted for Hillary.”