The comedian and host of the talk show “Real Time,” Bill Maher, expressed his stance on the uproar surrounding the reception of Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, “The Closer,” which has become the target of harsh criticism coming from the liberal side of the audience, particularly, those denominating themselves as part of the trans community.
Maher positioned himself in clear defense of his colleague, rebuking the critics and pointing to what he deems as hypocritical and immature thinking.
In an analogical quip, he brought up another Netflix series, “Squid Game,” which he said should not have been well-received if Chappelle’s special were to be considered offensive, as the former is highly violent and ripe with morally questionable themes, implying that the criticism of “The Closer” had little to do with morals.
Maher went on to assure his somewhat reluctant audience that most critics had not even seen the entirety of the special and that it was hardly transphobic at all, adding that America was at its core a place where one should be able to speak freely without fear.
Further on, he would talk about the “woke” community and their supposedly exclusionary ideology, the crux of which, according to him, was in the push for censorship of opinions that disagreed with their self-perceived “true opinion”.
Telling right from wrong
Joining the talks were author McWhorter and politician Andrew Yang, with the former giving his own take on the idea of a true opinion.
McWhorter talked with a hint of contempt for the “woke” community, stating how they must think they are a form of moral authority, a la Immanuel Kant, which to him is very far from the truth.
Maher also expressed his opinion on words losing meaning, using as an example the misuse of the term “transphobic” within contexts, such as the one being discussed, that had little to do with hate or fear, as the word phobia would directly or indirectly point to.
In later minutes, Maher talked about a Netflix employee (one of the many in protest of Netflix choosing to back Chappelle) who claimed that the reception regarding Chappelle’s special was not up for debate, as he felt that the trans community’s very existence was in jeopardy, an opinion Maher ridiculed, explaining that his fellow comedian’s disagreement with the community did not mean that he wished for their disappearance.
To this, and much in the spirit of the show’s message, Andrew Yang added that the role of a comedian was to entertain and spark thought, but never to call for or enforce certain ways of thinking.
Following from his slamming of NPR’s review of the special, where he voiced his confusion regarding the word choice of the review’s writer, who linked Dave Chappelle to White privilege, Maher began a rant on the topic of White loathing, humorously likening it to a kink.
He also noted that Netflix employed quite a bit of trans people, saying how the fact should speak for itself, and adding that even minorities can demand too much.