Comedian Dave Chappelle is facing criticism after attendees of John Mulaney’s Friday show in Columbus, Ohio claimed that jokes he made during his surprise appearance were directed at the transgender community.
No phones or recording devices were allowed at the Schottenstein Center event, however attendees shared on social media that Chappelle, who lives in Ohio, had made a series of transphobic jokes while performing the opening set. Many in attendance, who were there to see Mulaney and did not know that Chappelle would appear, were outraged by the alleged remarks.
“My favorite part of tonight was when dave chappelle ambushed us on the john mulaney show he told a bunch of transphobic jokes a big stadium of people laughed then john mulaney hugged him at the end,” said one user Twitter. wrote.
“god dave chappelle on the columbus john mulaney show was so embarrassing, it made me cringe secondhand for his repurposed, bland, transphobic comedy that can literally be found in any nervous twelve year old comment section online” , another Twitter used saying.
Many in attendance showed their disappointment in Mulaney, as he reportedly came onstage and hugged Chappelle after he performed the opening set.
Instead, some attendees were charmed by Chappelle’s cameo. There were also several people who defended both comedians, saying that just because Mulaney opened up for Chappelle doesn’t mean he agrees with all of his jokes.
It’s been a tumultuous month for Chappelle, who was attacked onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles while performing as part of the Netflix is a prank fest. The attacker ran towards him towards the end of the set and knocked him to the ground, according to footage collected at the time. The man then escaped behind a screen on stage, where he was found by security.
Chappelle was not injured in the incident, police said. He continued to set him up, even making jokes about the attack.
“He was a trans man,” he said, referring to the controversy surrounding comments he made on his 2021 Netflix special. the closer. In the special she stated that “gender is a fact” and continued to defend Harry Potter author JK Rowling, known for making transphobic statements.
Since his Netflix special sparked controversy, the comedian has continued to fuel the fire with additional jokes about the LGBTQ+ community. Back in November at the screening of his documentary Entitled, Chappelle reportedly used the anti-gay “f-slur” and made jokes about pronouns. She also pretended to identify as female to get a more comfortable prison cell.
Despite his statements, it’s clear Chappelle isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In February, it was announced that he would be returning to Netflix with a series of new specials, titled Chappelle home team.