Closer controversy doesn’t cancel Chappelle’s comedic genius

Elite Burgess , Staff Writer

Dave Chappelle has made one of the greatest comebacks to stand-up comedy in the last few decades. Releasing 6 stand-up specials on Netflix since 2017. His latest special may be his most prominent and fanatical to date  The Closer.

The Closer is a brilliant special in Chappelle’s already golden catalog. Dave adds an artistic, eye opening title sequence with a great soundtrack. 

After a 12 year hiatus from comedy, Dave comes out of thin air to take the comedy scene by storm with back to back stand-up hits like Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin Dave Chappelle: Equanimity and Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones.

Dave is a genius comedian who mixes raunchy, vulgar humor with thought-provoking talking points. Dave’s humor may not be for all but all needs to sit and listen.

Dave is warm and welcoming during his routine, which allows for viewers to be comfortable as if they’re speaking to an elder family member or peer. It’s as charming and wise as an uplifting class lecture. He teaches you using humor.

In my opinion, Dave Chappelle is neither transphobe nor misogynist. He is a fair person who expresses his thoughts and beliefs in the form of humor. After his last special, Sticks & Stones, was heavily criticized for his jokes about the LGBTQ+ community, a dear friend of his, Daphne Dorman, took to Twitter to defend Dave against allegations of homophobia.

“Punching down requires you to consider yourself superior to another group. Dave Chappelle doesn’t consider himself better than me in any way. He isn’t punching up or punching down. He’s punching lines. That’s his job and he’s a master of his craft,” tweeted late comedian Daphne Dorman.

Daphne Dorman was a transgender comedian who’s favorite comedian was in fact Dave Chappelle.

In his latest special Dave talks about Covid-19, LGBTQ+, feminism, race, and politics. He swings through these topics like a master. His reactive, explicit humor hits viewers by surprise.

Hidden under his humor is Dave telling the audience he isn’t bashful towards the LGBTQ+ . He asks a very important question. 

Can gay individuals be racist? Can the LGBTQ+ be insensitive to the struggles of the black community whilst also being influenced by it? That’s something for the people to answer.  

The Closer is a great watch, which will keep you thinking and questioning ideas you never thought of before. Dave Chappelle is a master at his craft. And I hope he comes out with more hilarious specials for his fans. Check out The Closer on Netflix.