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Dave Chappelle Accused of Making ‘Homophobic, Transphobic’ Jokes in Netflix Specials

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s highly anticipated stand-up comedy comeback has sparked accusations of homophobia.

The comedian’s new Netflix specials, The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Live at Austin City Limits, include jokes about homosexuality that have some social media users outraged.

One punchline that apparently rubbed fans the wrong way, according to at least one report, involved prison inmates performing oral sex:

“L. G. B. T. Q?! I was like what the f*ck is the Q? Does that even make sense, Q? Turns out Q is like the vowels, that sh*t is sometimes ‘Y’. It’s for gay dudes that don’t really know they’re gay. you know what I mean. like prison f*gs who are like: “What I’m not gay n***a I’m just sucking these d*cks to pass the time.”

The former Comedy Central star also cracked jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and transgender people.

“Whenever I see one of them Ts on the street I’m like ‘I don’t mind them but man I miss Bruce,'” he said to laughter from the audience.

“I knew before you guys knew,” he says of Jenner’s sexuality. “I heard things on the street in Hollywood, you know you used to be out, see people: ‘Hey what’s up Kanye, why the long face?’ ‘N*gaa you’ll see, I’ve got two mother in laws now.'”

Outrage on social media over Chappelle’s jokes came swiftly:

Chappelle, for his part, had warned audiences during his special, saying “Ladies and gentleman, man the f*ck up or you’re not going to make it through this show.”

And some Twitter users downplayed the idea that the comedian’s set was offensive.

Chappelle’s new comedy specials debuted on Netflix March 21, and a third special is slated for release on the streaming platform later this year.

 

Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson

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