Dave Chappelle — the comedian best known for Chappelle’s Show, a 2003 sketch comedy TV series that ran for three seasons on Comedy Central — already has a history of transphobic humor that takes up his comedy act. However, the transgender community is no longer the target of Chappelle’s candid and crass brand of humor. His latest joke is on Anthony Rapp, the actor who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct when he was only 14 years old.
“Kevin Spacey’s out here grabbing men by the pussy. I didn’t even know that was possible!” Chappelle said in The Bird Revelation, a Netflix stand-up special just recently released on New Year’s Eve.
“I’ve been to a lot of parties in my day. Never been to a good one that had 14-year-old boys in it,” Chappelle said.
Dave Chappelle stated that, despite the alleged assault by another man, Anthony Rapp “grew up to be gay anyway,” and that “Kevin Spacey sniffed that shit out like a truffle pig.”
“Not to victim-blame, but it seems like the kind of situation that a gay 14-year-old kid would get himself into,” said Chappelle.
“All joking aside, Kevin Spacey shouldn’t have done that shit to that kid,” Chappelle said. “He was 14 years old and forced to carry a grown man’s secret for 30 years.”
But that didn’t stop Chappelle from landing one more blow at Rapp.
“The saddest part is, if he had been able to carry that secret for another six months, I would get to know how House of Cards ends.”
When Netflix unveiled two stand-up comedy specials from Chappelle in March 2017, numerous commentators noted his unfunny homophobic and transphobic material. But when Chappelle returned to comedy with a 16-show run at Radio City Music Hall in August, he also returned to that brand of humor again, as he started off his set with 20-minutes of transphobia.