Channing Tatum has voluntarily entered the controversial debate surrounding Dave Chappelle’s latest Netlfix stand-up special, “The Closer”.
The 48-year-old comedian is criticized by many in the LGBTQ + community for his comments about transgender people. On Sunday, the actor of “21 Jump Street” took advantage of his Instagram story to launch into the controversy. He began by pointing out the “hurt” Chappelle has caused to the transgender community with his comments, while noting that artists like him are capable of making a positive impact as well.
“I understand Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about right now. I understand and hate that he hurt so many people with things he said, ”Tatum began.
The 41-year-old added: “Any human can hurt someone (usually because they’re hurt) but any human can heal and heal others in the same way. This little lump healed me at the time. I can not forget it . ”
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The star’s words came with a replay from comedian DL Hughley who shared a clip of Chappelle’s 2019 Kennedy Center speech as he accepted the Mark Twain Award for American Comedy, according to Yahoo Entertainment.
In the clip, Chappelle explains how some words of wisdom from his mother led him to stand-up comedy.
“I was a sweet kid,” the comedian says in the clip. “I was sensitive, I cried easily and was afraid to punch myself. My mother used to tell me this thing… ‘Son, sometimes you have to be a lion to be able to be the lamb that you really are.’ I’m talking about this shit like a lion. I am not afraid of any of you. When it comes word for word, I’ll be chatting with the best of them, just so I can relax and be me.
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“And that’s why I love my art form, because I understand all practitioners. Whether I agree with them or not, I know where they came from. They want to be heard. They have something to say. There is something they noticed. They just want to be understood. I loved this genre. He saved my life.
The ‘Magic Mike’ star concluded her article by writing, “This is no excuse for anything hurtful, but to be clear. “
Among the “The Closer” jokes that have upset people is one in which the comedian apparently defended “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, who previously made comments by excluding transgender women from conversations. on feminism. The author has been criticized as “TERF”, an acronym which means “radical feminist trans-exclusionist”.
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“They look at transgender women like us black people look at Blackface,” says Chappelle. “They say ‘oh, that bitch makes an impression on me!’ “
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It was at this point that Chappelle proudly declared that he too identified as a “TERF”.