On October 5, 2021, Chappelle’s sixth Netflix special, “The Closer,” was released. In the special, Chappelle proclaims that he’s jealous of the achievements of gay rights in America: “If slaves had oil and booty shorts on, we might have been free 100 years sooner,” he jokes.
He continues, “In our country, you can shoot and kill a nigga, but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings,” speaking in reference to rapper DaBaby. DaBaby was widely criticized after making homophobic comments during a July 2021 concert. However, he was also involved in an incident in 2018 where he shot and killed a man outside a North Carolina Walmart, but was only charged with a misdemeanor charge for carrying a concealed weapon and did not experience a negative impact on his career.
Chappelle also states, “Gay people are minorities until they need to be white again,” then goes on to tell a story of a verbal altercation with a white gay man who called the police on him.
Chappelle later jokes that he used to think “feminism” meant “frumpy dyke,” and that the #MeToo movement was “silly.”
At one point, he compares trans women’s genitalia to plant-based meat; he also compares the existence of trans women to white people wearing blackface.
He continues, “Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact.” He then goes on to make explicit jokes about trans women’s bodies, stating that their genitalia is “not quite what it is.”
In “The Closer,” he also voices his support of author J.K. Rowling’s tweets from 2020, saying he is “Team TERF” (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist). “They cancelled J.K. Rowling. They started calling her a TERF. I didn’t even know what that was, but I know that trans people make up words to win arguments … I’m team TERF.” He later compared the view of some radical feminists of trans women with Black people and blackface.
He repeatedly accuses women, gay people, and transgender people of “punching [him] down” for the stories he relates on those subjects.
Chappelle says, “I don’t hate gay people, I respect the shit out of you—not all of you. I’m not fond of these newer gays—too sensitive, too brittle. I miss the old-school gays … the Stonewall gays. They didn’t take shit from anybody.”
At the end of his special, Chappelle talks about his friendship with transgender comic Daphne Dorman, who died by suicide in 2019. He said that Dorman received criticism online for defending Chappelle against transphobic allegations and for “denying [Chappelle] was punching down in [his] material.”
When discussing his jokes about LGBTQ+ topics, Chappelle says, “I’m done talking about it. All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people?”