Dave Chappelle insulted another audience no one mentions

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Long list of iconic Black comics who affirmed gender non-conforming people or were members of the LGBTQ community themselves.

Black comics have actually pushed their fair share of harmful stereotypes about LGBTQ people. For example, Eddie Murphy started a stellar series homophobic abuses In his early standup routine — performances for which he later apologized.
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But the platform has been one of the few places in the black community where LGBTQ members had the freedom to be themselves — or to escape the cruelty they faced in the outside world. The chapel has taken away some of that space.

“We have a long tradition of trans and non-gender conforming artists throughout our history, from the Harlem Renaissance,” says Marlon M. Bailey, author of “Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture.” in Detroit.”

That’s what gets lost in the controversy over Chappelle’s comments in his latest standup film, “The Closer.” Most of the attention is focused on the content of his jokes. Chappelle made fun of the genitalia of trans women and told the story of a lesbian woman being beaten up. And then there’s the result. Netflix employees and supporters demonstrated Wednesday To protest the streaming company’s response to the complaints. LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD also condemned Chappelle’s comments in “The Closer”.
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However, with the full focus on Chappelle, it’s easy to forget that there were black comedians who took huge risks to affirm LGBTQ people and be honest about their sexuality.

Richard Pryor and Moms Maybellie

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Consider the story of Richard Pryor, arguably the greatest standup comic of all time.

Richard Pryor was open about his bisexuality to friends.  In an infamous public performance, she told the audience about her attraction to men.

There is a generation of moviegoers who only know him through Hollywood movies like “The Toy”. But Pryor was a different performer on the comic standup stage: fearless, unpredictable, profane. And be honest about your bisexuality.

In 1977, Pryor headlined a gay rights fundraiser where he spoke onstage about enjoying sex with a man. Prior had bisexuality well-known Among his friends, although some who were close to him still deny that he was gay.
“With that confession, Pryor became perhaps the first major Hollywood celebrity to speak graphically about his positive experience of gay sex—and certainly the first to do so in front of thousands of people,” according to one Part From the book “Becoming Richard Pryor” by Scott Saul.
Moms Mable, another Black comic great, was so open about her sexual identity that she was known as “Mr. Moms” Off stage, some say.
Other black actors such as entertainer and actress, Josephine Baker, known as “Radical Bisexual Artists and Activists, and Ma Rainey, the blues singer dubbed the “Mother of the Blues,” exemplifies gender fluctuations.
    Jackie Moms Maybey was a comedy pioneer on stage and an openly gay onstage.  Friends say that he did not try to hide his identity.
Renee sang openly about homosexual relationships and cross-dressing in the early 20th century, when homosexuality was viewed as a mental illness. In his 1928 song, “Prove me on the blues He sang:

“I went out last night with a crowd of my friends,

It must have been women, ‘Cause I don’t like a man.

wear my clothes like a fan,

Talk to girls like any old man.”

RuPaul from Geraldine. till

Chappelle may have a problem with trans women, but Black audiences have embraced traditionally Black male comics that create gender-bending characters in clothes.

And so do many contemporary Black male comics. It’s almost a rite of passage for a black male comic to create a female persona or stage character. Entertainer and author Tyler Perry built his entertainment empire on the substantial chest of “Madia,” the down-home, wise-cracking black matriarch. RuPaul has a huge following.

Comedians as diverse as Martin Lawrence (“Big Mom House”), and Marlon and Shawn Wayans (“White Chicks”) have dressed for some of his most popular films.

Certainly, there must be debate about whether black men impersonate women or portray LGBTQ characters on stage and in film. Some of these depictions have reinforced stereotypes or are in bad taste. But none of them have the ungrateful cruelty to LGBTQ people that Chappelle brings to his Netflix special.

as a critic Asked, “What’s Dave Chappelle’s problem with gay people?
It is said that timing is everything in comedy and the timing of ‘The Closer’ is very bad. Chappell’s remarks come during a year in which at least 33 states have introduced bills to curb the rights of transgender people – and while a record-high number of transgender people have been murdered, mostly transgender. Women have been murdered.

“Right now, the trans community is under siege, especially the trans community of color,” says Bailey, who is also a professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Arizona State University. “Artists should keep that in mind.”

Chappelle has something else to keep in mind.

From a glance, his latest special is success. It has generated headlines, audiences and added millions to his personal fortune. He can tell himself that all great comedians spew outrage. It’s part of their job description. In this way they force people to think. This is one reason why Chappelle, a student of comic history, received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tyler Perry has built his entertainment empire "made one," A stern, wise-cracking matriarch who proves that black audiences don't mind black male comics dressed as women, if they are funny.

But the aspiring comedian also faces another overlooked audience – the greats who inspired him, some of whom are still alive. They face this audience during each performance. They must contend with masters and borrow from them before they can develop their own voice. Chappelle says he was inspired by Pryor. Prior was inspired by Lenny Bruce. The black comic duo of Key & Peele (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) were inspired by everyone from Abbott and Costello to Steve Martin.

Chapel’s Betrayal of Black Comic Tradition

Chappell turned his back on this audience by doing something he never did – making a career out of following a group that is even more reprehensible than black people.

Chappelle says the great comics that inspired him didn’t make that mistake.

“Ancestors like Bruce and Pryor reveled in infiltrating the mainstream with so many progressive beliefs about sex, race, and culture that could be dangerous,” commentator Charles Bramesco declared in 2019. Article Where Chappell again angered the LGBTQ community with comments about “people with the alphabet.”

“The chapel will retreat into its niche as an old crank, where all is expected and safe,” Bramesco says.

Chappelle’s beef with the LBGQT community insults the memory of all the Black comic greats who made their careers — and millions — possible.

They created a safe space on the comedy stage for those who did not fit into traditional gender norms. Black comics like Pryor weren’t perfect when it came to their sexual politics (Pryor described his gay rights fundraiser by going after white gay people and asking the crowd to “kiss my happy, rich black ass”.

But he proved that a black comic can be sharp and brilliant without making another stigmatized group think great.

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