Chappelle, supporters and Netflix called out by Star Trek host Wil Wheaton

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Earlier this week, BoJack Cavalier Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg waded into the Dave chappelle/ Netflix controversy by questioning the streamer’s “non-intervention” policy regarding Chappelle’s special stand-up The closest and the comments made by the comedian during it. Now, Star Trek: The Next Generation & “The preparation room” Podcast host Wil wheaton calls Netflix not only for handling the special, but also for the inclusion of Chappelle in April Netflix is ​​a joke: the festival event in Los Angeles (with “Dave Chappelle and Friends” listed as taking place at the Hollywood Bowl). “So this thing Chapel did? That all these white men in Cishet are so keen to stand up for? I believe them when they say it’s okay. Because it’s okay DE CISHET WHITE DUDES,” Wheaton wrote in a Facebook post this week after sharing a personal story from his teenage years when he realized firsthand how easily he allowed hate words to be “normalized” by jokes. “But for a transgender person, these ‘jokes’ normalize hateful, ignorant and fanatic behavior towards them. These ‘jokes’ contribute to a world where transgender people are constantly threatened with violence because transgender people have been dehumanized in all ways. security, in an acceptable way. And it’s okay because they’ve been dehumanized by a black man. And the fallacy that it’s actually racist to hold Chapelle responsible for that? Get the hell out of here. “

Wil Wheaton and Dave Chappelle (Image: screenshots by Wil Wheaton and Dave Chappelle)

Here’s a look at Wheaton’s full Facebook post where he speaks to Chappelle, Chappelle supporters and Netflix, followed by text where he talks about his own homophobic past as a teenager and how he’s been. influenced at the time by another popular comedian. From there, he correlates it with the controversy of Chappelle and those who support him without caring or appreciating those who are still under-represented and the daily struggles they still endure:

For anyone who really doesn’t understand why I feel as much as I do that people like Chapelle make transphobic comments that are presented as jokes, I want to share a story that I hope will help you understand and contextualize my reaction to his behavior.

When I was sixteen, I played ice hockey almost every night at a local rink. I was a goalie and they always needed goalies so I could show up, put on my gear and wait for a team to call me on the ice. It was very fun.

One night, I had played for a few hours with some really great guys. They were friendly, they were funny, they loved the game, they treated me like I was part of their team. They welcomed me.

After we finished, we were all in the changing rooms to change into our usual clothes.

Before I tell you what happened next, I want to talk specifically about comedy and how much I loved it when I was young. I listened to records and watched comedy specials whenever I could. One of the definitive comedic specials for me and my friends was Eddie Murphy’s Delirious, from 1983. There were tracks that still kill me. The ice cream song, Aunt Bunny falling down the stairs, mom throwing the shoe. Really funny stuff.

There is also a lot of homophobic material that is just plain appalling and inexcusable. Long portions of this comedic film are devoted to making fun of gay people, using the insult that starts with F over and over again. Young Wil, who watched this with his upper-middle-class white suburban friends, in his privileged bubble, thought it was the funniest, edgiest, dirtiest thing he ever had. heard. It KILLED him. And it was all dehumanizing for gay men. It was all cruel. It was all fanatic. Everything was falling apart. And I didn’t know any better. I accepted the framing, I developed a vision of homosexual men as predators, in a way less than heterosexual men, absolutely worthy of mockery and contempt. Still good for a joke, though.

Let me put it another way: a comedian who I thought was one of the funniest people on the planet totally normalized himself by making fun of homosexuals, and because I was a privileged white child, raised by privileged white parents, there was no one around me to question that perception. For much of my teenage years, I was embarrassingly homophobic, and it all started with this comedy special.

Let’s go back to this locker room.

So I’m talking with these guys, and we’re all laughing and having a good time. We do this kind of sport where you talk about the great games and you feel that you are part of something special.

And then, without even realizing what I was doing, that horrible word came out of my mouth. “Blah blah blah F **** t,” I say.
The room went quiet and that’s when I realized that all of the guys in that room were gay. They were part of a team called The Blades (amazing) and I just… really fucked up.

“Do you have gay friends? One of them asked me, softly.

“Yes,” I said defensively. Then I lied, “they say that all the time.” I was so embarrassed and horrified. I realized that I had basically said the N word, in context, and I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to disappear. I wanted to apologize, I wanted to ask for forgiveness. But I was a stupid sixteen year old boy with pride and ignorance and fear all over the place, so I lied to try to get out of it.

“They don’t have to love each other very much,” he said with gentle disappointment.

Nobody said another word to me. I was not feeling well. I stuffed my gear in my bag and left as fast as I could.

It happened over 30 years ago, and I think about it all the time. I am mortified and embarrassed and so sorry for saying such a hurtful thing. I said it out of ignorance, but I said it anyway, and I said it because I believed these men, who were so cool and nice and like all the other men that I played with (j was still the youngest player on the ice) were somehow lower than… I guess everyone. Because it had been normalized for me by culture and comedy.

A * huge * part of this normalization was through entertainment that dehumanized gay men in the service of “jokes.” And as someone who thought jokes were great, I accepted it. I mean, no one was laughing at * ME * that way, and I was the main character, so …

I very much doubt any of these men would read this today, but if so: I’m so sorry. I regret it deeply, deeply, totally. I’ve spent literally my entire life since it happened making amends and doing my best to be the strongest ally I can be. I want to do whatever I can to stop another child from believing the same fanaticism I believed in, because I was ignorant and privileged.

So what thing Chapel did? What all these Whites of Cishet are so keen to defend? I believe them when they say it’s okay. Because it doesn’t matter FOR CISHET WHITE DUDES. But for a transgender person, these “jokes” normalize hateful, ignorant and fanatic behavior towards them. These “jokes” contribute to a world where transgender people face constant threats of violence because transgender people have been dehumanized in a safe and acceptable way. And all is well, because they were dehumanized by a black man. What about the fallacious argument that it’s actually racist to hold Chapelle accountable for this? Get the hell out of here.

I love black humor. I like clever jokes that make us think, that challenge authority, that make powerful people uncomfortable. I don’t need a sermon from a guy with wraparound sunglasses and a “git ‘er done” tank top on how I don’t understand comedy and I have to stick with comedy. I don’t need a First Amendment lecture from someone who doesn’t understand the concept of the consequences of speaking out that the government cannot legally prohibit.

Literally every defense of Chapel’s “jokes” focuses on the white, stingy men and our experience at the expense of the people who have to fight with every breath just to exist in this world. Literally, every queer person I know (and I know A LOT of them) is hurt by Chapel’s actions. When literally every gay person I know says “it hurts me,” I’m going to listen to them and support them, and not tell them why they are wrong, like so many lousy white men do. If you tend to ignore queer voices, especially when it comes to this specific topic, I encourage you to reflect on your choices and think about who you are listening to and why.

Too many of my cishet white fellow citizens reduce this to an abstract intellectual exercise, which, once again, centers our experience at the expense of people genuinely threatened by the normalization of their “less than” or “foreign” status. Thirty years ago I centered myself and was terribly hurtful.

I was sixteen and I didn’t know any better. I still regret it. Frankly, a lot of you guys I’ve blocked before should feel the same shame about what you said TODAY that I feel about something I did three decades ago when I was sixteen. years and that I did not know better. But you don’t, and that’s why people like me need to continue to use our voices to speak and express themselves.

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