Chappelle’s ‘Closer’: DaBaby canceled for offending gays however not killing man


Dave Chappelle’s new comedy particular, “The Closer,” has solely simply dropped on Netflix, but it surely’s already making headlines attributable to a controversial joke made on the expense of rapper DaBaby.

Chappelle, who’s well-known for his withering jokes about race and sexuality, quips that killing a black man within the United States is much less offensive than upsetting members of the LGBTQ neighborhood — and he cites DaBaby’s profession downfall as proof.

Back in 2018, DaBaby admitted to fatally capturing a 19-year-old man inside a North Carolina Walmart, claiming he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors quickly dropped the case in opposition to him earlier than he went on to launch two critically acclaimed, chart-topping albums.

However, DaBaby’s profession got here crashing down in July of this yr, when he made a series of homophobic remarks at a live performance in Miami. Music competition organizers dropped him from a sequence of star-studded exhibits, which prompted him to complain that he had been “canceled.”

Dave Chappelle revs up the crowd in "The Closer."
Dave Chappelle revs up the gang in “The Closer” on Netflix.
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The whole saga is skewered by Chappelle, 48, in “The Closer,” through which he jokes: “A lot of the LGBTQ community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history. He’s a wild guy. He once shot a n – – – – r and killed him. In Walmart. Oh, this is true. Google it. Nothing bad happened to his career . . .”

As the viewers on the reside particular erupts with laughter, the comic then quips: “Do you see where I’m going with this? In our country, you can shoot and kill a n – – – – r, but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings!”

The joke has already sparked debate on Twitter, with one particular person claiming Chappelle had each proper to mock DaBaby as a result of his homophobic feedback had been “very offensive” and “in poor taste.”

DaBaby, 29, has been mendacity low since he made the anti-gay slurs onstage, during which he told the crowd: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put a cellphone lighten it up.”

He additionally informed followers on the occasion: “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d – – k in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up.”

However, Chappelle himself isn’t any stranger to accusations of homophobia himself.

DaBaby is seen on stage earlier this year.
DaBaby is seen onstage earlier this yr.
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The comic has lengthy poked enjoyable on the LGBTQ neighborhood, however in “The Closer” — his sixth Netflix particular since 2016 — he insists he’ll now not make jokes on the expense of the neighborhood “until we are both sure that we are laughing together.”

“The Closer” is allegedly the final of Chappelle’s comedy specials for Netflix, which have netted him tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}.

The last credit for the 90-minute particular present a montage of moments picturing the comic with quite a lot of different notable funnymen — together with Bill Murray, David Letterman and Norm Macdonald, who died final month at age 61.

Dave Chappelle appears in his Netflix special "The Closer."
Dave Chappelle seems in his Netflix particular “The Closer.”
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