‘Got to Create a Boogeyman to Sell Tickets’: Jerrod Carmichael Blasts Dave Chappelle’s Transgender Jokes

Jerrod Carmichael connects with the younger generation, but not with the older ones. He revealed in a recent GQ profile that his 15-year-old niece was the only person who reached out to him when he came out as gay. The 35-year-old comedian revealed his sexuality in his HBO special “Rothaniel,” which aired in April, and claims he received only one text after that. “I see you. I hear you,” his niece wrote him.

Jerrod Carmichael's Rothaniel
Jerrod Carmichael’s Rothaniel

Jerrod Carmichael discusses several elements of his life in 2022 in his GQ profile, including his connection with Rothaniel director Bo Burnham and the cantankerous old elephant in the comedy room, “cancel culture”—specifically, self-described “canceled” performer Dave Chappelle.

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‘Do you know what comes up when you Google your name, bro?’ – Jerrod Carmichael

Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael

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Dave Chappelle, an older comedian who served as an inspiration for many young Black comedians — indeed, nearly all comedians at one point — became Carmichael’s target.

“Everybody’s got to create a boogeyman to sell tickets,” Carmichael begins in the Chappelle-focused bit of the wide-ranging conversation. “But it’s not true.” He then moves from the vague to the specific: “I’m tired of hearing it. Chappelle, do you know what comes up when you Google your name, bro? That’s the legacy? Your legacy is a bunch of opinions on trans shit? It’s an odd hill to die on. And it’s like, hey, bro. Who the f**k are you? Who do you f**k? What do you like to do? Childish jokes aside, who the f**k are you? It’s just kind of played. But he’s choosing to die on the hill. So, alright, let him.”

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Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

Following the premiere of his Netflix special, The Closer, Chappelle came under criticism. “Gender is a fact,” Chappelle stated in the special, adding, “Every human in this room, every human on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth.” Chappelle has declared that he identifies himself as “Team TERF,” which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist,” an ideology that rejects trans women’s status as women.

Source – GQ

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