Openly gay comedian Jerrod Carmichael has called out Dave Chappelle over his harmful anti-trans remarks.
Back in October 2021, Netflix released Chappelle’s comedy special, The Closer. Throughout the feature, the 48-year-old made an array of harmful remarks about the trans community.
He also called himself a “TERF” after defending Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s transphobic comments.
“They cancelled J.K. Rowling — my god. [Effectively] she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as shit, they started calling her a TERF,” Chappelle said.
After making “jokes” about the bodies of trans women, he went on to say: “Gender is a fact. 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.”
Over the last few months, numerous celebrities have called out the entertainer and Netflix for the special including Jonathan Van Ness, Dan Levy, Elliot Page, Billy Eichner and most recently Carmichael.
In a new interview with GQ, The Carmichael Show star said Chappelle’s anti-trans rhetoric was “an odd hill to die on.”
“Chappelle, do you know what comes up when you Google your name, bro? That’s the legacy? Your legacy is a bunch of opinions on trans s**t? It’s an odd hill to die on.
“And it’s like, hey, bro. Who the f**k are you? Who do you f**k? What do you like to do? Childish jokes aside, who the f**k are you? It’s kind of played. But he’s choosing to die on the hill. So, alright, let him.”
Towards the end interview, Carmichael revealed that he doesn’t believe in “cancel culture” due to its fickle nature.
“Look, I get it. Everybody’s got to create a boogeyman to sell tickets. But it’s not true,” he said.
“Who’s getting cancelled for what they’ve said? What does that mean, that people are mad on Twitter? Everybody’s fine. These grown men are fine.
“I think, a lot of times, people who offer nothing truthful or meaningful about themselves then complain about society at large and create this boogeyman. It’s like, listen, that’s the most urgent thing in your life? God bless you.”