Of course, HBO’s Bill Maher took some time off on his show, Real time, to push back criticism aimed at comedian Dave Chappelle, whose Netflix special was criticized for being transphobic and caused a walkout among trans employees.
In a panel with Andrew Yang, candidate for mayor and mayor of New York, and John McWhorter, a writer who once said: “Victimology, separatism and anti-intellectualism underlie the answer from the black community in general to all issues related to race, ”they spoke about the problem. So you know we’re dealing with the cream of the crop here.
The discussion opens with Maher wanting to get the three cis men to promote laws to protect trans people and that if they say that, can they have “an honest conversation?” “
McWhorter then said, “A lot of people don’t think so, but—. »Already a good start.
Next, it’s a matter of discussing the concept of “one true opinion” and what it does for online discourse.
“I’m a free speech guy. Now I’m Team Dave, but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-trans. We can have two thoughts in mind at the same time, ”says Maher.
“I’m Team Dave, but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-trans. We can have two thoughts in mind at the same time.
– Real time with Bill Maher (@RealTimers) 23 October 2021
Unfortunately, it is so funny to watch because he is outraged that there are no “two sides” to the discussion and that disagreeing with trans people does not equal it. to hate. Yet he doesn’t say what he doesn’t agree with. So it goes into this “we just had a same-sex marriage” and “we were ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ for a long time,” and Yang and McWhorter nod their heads. Very generic statements that don’t actually seem to discuss anything about the issues at hand other than generational unease.
What makes Maher’s comments so frustrating is that they fall into that “common sense” line of discussion where he makes it clear that he doesn’t hate or fear trans people, but he also seems to think that people should be allowed to be uncomfortable with the realities of what it means to be trans. And he says it in a way that makes me understand why parents around the world are tricked into thinking he’s making good points.
McWhorter is a former professor of linguistics. Now I only have a master’s degree, but even I read Gender issue by Judith Butler and The history of sexuality by Michel Foucault. Hell, Christine Jorgensen was the face of trans issues and was famous for being a trans woman in the 1950s. So these things aren’t new. So as an intellectual he could easily back down, but his track record shows that he is against the idea of people being “victims” and his next book definitely sees that there is a program with an “awakened culture.” “.
Maher says he doesn’t think he’s “down to earth” with the idea that people don’t have sex when they are born and that he doesn’t have to be. And he’s right, and he hasn’t. But there is a difference between not realizing what that means and using your rig to hit it.
It’s funny to me how McWhorter tries to make the point that Chappelle is a comedian, and so what Chappelle says is nuanced and symbolic, but people read it like “it’s The three bears. »
Yet at no point do they say what exactly is nuanced or symbolic about Chappelle’s special. McWhorter also tries to argue that Chappelle was wrong in not dealing with power differentials. Yet a significant part of what Chappelle is saying is asking the LGBTQ community to stop “hitting” their community.
Maher says he condemns trans hatred but doesn’t think Chappelle had anything to do with it. Is Dave Chappelle responsible for transphobia? No. Does her comedy special promote ideas that are used to invalidate the existence and identity of trans people and promote them to the general public as a rational discussion of common sense? Yes. And that matters to trans people.
Don’t want to call him transphobic because you don’t hate or fear trans people? Fine. It’s ignorant. It’s dismissive of the way trans people talk to themselves. It’s not as smart as you all think it is.
Are there issues in the LGBTQ community with whiteness, anti-darkness, and using morality as a trap? Yeah. And do you know who is most affected by this? People within the LGBTQ community.
Not Dave Chappelle, who has a ton of money and the public support of the people. Not Kevin Hart, who has his own show and is still a popular actor / comedian. Not Da Baby, who always does great shows.
Free speech works both ways and people are allowed to say, “No, actually, we can’t debate my existence as long as it’s still legal to discriminate against me.” “
Maher thinks you shouldn’t be afraid to speak in America. Well, it doesn’t look like Dave Chappelle is scared. Trans people are, though, but I guess they should agree because “we’ve had girls and boys for a long time.”
(Going through Deadline, image : HBO)
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