Bill Maher unsurprisingly leaned in hard Friday night, defending Dave Chappelle, saying embracing Dave’s latest Netflix special does not make someone transphobic.
The “Real Time” host was jawboning with Andrew Yang and NYT opinion writer John McWhorter, and on this one, all 3 were in lockstep … all saying they support the LGBTQ community but also standing firm on Dave’s right of commentary.
Maher’s central point — there is not one true opinion about anything, and he referenced the view of one of those outraged by Chappelle … someone who said there are not two sides to this controversy.
Maher didn’t mention Chappelle said he’s open to having a conversation with members of the trans community to hear them out. The reality is this … some people in the trans community are not only hurt by Chappelle’s “The Closer” … they believe it engenders hatred and even violence.
Yang chimed in with this … it’s a comedian’s job to entertain and to make us think, but goes on to suggest no one believes the role of a comedian is to tell us what and how to think. Some members of the trans community, however, say whether a comedian tells people what to think or not … they still have an influence.
The centerpiece of the discussion is about people on both sides feeling like there’s only one side to any argument. McWhorter, who wrote the book, ‘Woke Racism,’ suggests this type of thinking has become a religion of intolerance. He also says believing in the notion of absolute right or wrong is simplistic, childlike thinking.
Maher ended with outrage over an NPR story that claimed Chappelle was using his “white privilege” to excuse his homophobia and transphobia.