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Oct. 12, 2021

Dave Chappelle 'The Closer': Still The GOAT, Still Dead Wrong!

Dave Chappelle 'The Closer': Still The GOAT, Still Dead Wrong!

On this week's episode of Kickin & Streamin Podcast, Graham & Jocelyn review Dave Chappelle's final Netflix stand-up special The Closer, in which he addresses past controversies and his long standing feud with the LGBTQ community among others. Graham & Jocelyn begin by acknowledging that Dave Chappelle is a master of the provocative comedy and one of the most individuals in the art of standup comedy. Graham asks whether any of the points Chappelle makes in The Closer are genuinely what the comedian believes, or is he presenting us with an undecipherable parable whose point we're missing? Graham and Jocelyn dissect the content of the comedy special and the multiple jabs Chappelle directed at the LGBTQ community, especially towards the Trans community. Graham & Jocelyn revisit together some of the more incendiary statements during The Closer, and Dave's seemingly shrugging off the accusations of being transphobic because he was friends with the late Transgender stand-up comedian Daphne Dorman who died by suicide a few months after defending Dave's 2019 Netflix Special Sticks & Stones. Graham & Jocelyn end the episode condemning the vociferous calls from various sectors of the LGBTQ community demanding the removal of The Closer from Netflix's platform. Graham believes Dave Chappelle ended his special by extending an olive branch to a community he feels might have failed to listen to his grievances and towards whom it's directed.  Graham & Jocelyn posit, furthermore, that it's important to accept the fact that Dave Chappelle is a master "provocateur par excellence;" therefore his art should be taken with a grain of salt, but called out whenever necessary.