Dave Chappelle is facing new allegations of transphobia and homophobia over remarks in his Netflix special, The Closer.
At the show, recorded at The Fillmore in Detroit in August, Chappelle, who has long been criticized for remarks about LGBTQ+ people, stirred things up again by making comments like,
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.
He went on to make fun of the genitalia of trans women. Chappelle also defended Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling who has faced allegations of transphobia for years. The comedian said,
They canceled J.K. Rowling — my God. Effectually she said gender was a fact. The trans community got mad as sh**, they started calling her a TERF, trans-exclusionary radical feminists. I’m team TERF… Gender is a fact.