On Tuesday, Dave Chappelle’s two new specials were released on Netflix. Which marked an interesting start of the week for the comedian. Fans of the former “Chappelle’s Show” comic were given a fix for his long-awaited standup.
Jokes gone too far?
Some viewers were put off by his raunchier jokes, not everyone who watched the specials was laughing.
His jokes about the LGBTQ community and his comments on transgender issues garnered a backlash by viewers. The comedian’s discussion of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case also caused a strong reaction.
Question about what is and isn’t off limits in standup comedy were raised by the specials –“The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas: Live at Austin City Limits”. Also they raised questions if it’s acceptable for comedians to cross certain boundaries.
The jokes are in line with the brand that has made of Chappelle so popular, the comedian’s supporters said defending him.
A debate ensued to a comparisons of Richard Pryor and whether the famed comedian was ever offensive in his career.
Later this year, Chappelle’s third special will be released on Netflix and the conversation about what is funny and what is offensive is sure to continue.