Apropos of Tobias Langdon’s terrific article on translunacy in the U.K., I thought it appropriate to briefly mention the controversy surrounding comedian David Chappelle in the U.S.

Of course, in general the same thing is happening in both countries. People who tell the truth on sex and gender are canceled. But it’s interesting that there are some exceptions. Black comedian David Chappelle seems to have survived a torrent of abuse for saying that sex is real:

“They canceled J.K. Rowling, my God. … Effectually she said gender was a fact, and then the trans community got mad as sh–, they started calling her a TERF.”

The comic then declared himself to be on “Team TERF” — trans-exclusionary radical feminists — prompting applause from the audience watching the show.

“I agree. … “I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective.”

And he’s rather unrepentant: ““F–k Twitter. F–k NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.”

And not only that, he got off the reservation on Asians and (amazingly) Jews. Asians:

He starts by joking about how good he felt while being molested by a preacher as a child. Then he talks about watching videos of Black people beating up Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic, while he was quarantining with an asymptomatic case of the virus. Chappelle, who is Black, likens the beatings to his body’s efforts to beat the virus  — effectively comparing Asian people to the coronavirus.
In my movie idea, we find out that these aliens are originally from earth — that they’re from an ancient civilization that achieved interstellar travel and left the earth thousands of years ago. Some other planet they go to, and things go terrible for them on the other planet, so they come back to earth, [and] decide that they want to claim the earth for their very own. It’s a pretty good plotline, huh? I call it “Space Jews.”
Jews taking over the world. Not a good idea for someone in show business to be pushing. And it got some predictable reactions, like this one:

Just seen Dave Chapelle’s antisemitic Holocaust inversion, his ignorance of Jewish history & his instinctive choice to depict Jews in classic antisemitic non-human terms. What sings loudest is his relish repeating the word Jew pejoratively. The word Jew alone is 50% of punchline.

— leekern (@leekern13) October 6, 2021

So far, Netflix is standing by Chappelle. I suspect that he feels he has enough money—Netflix’s budget for “The Closer” was $24.1M and I very much doubt that his live-performance audience will desert him. Of course that raises the question of why other wealthy, famous people don’t get off the reservation. Very few do. So Chappelle definitely has balls.