Emmy nominations for Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” trigger new wave of backlash

Dave Chapelle in his Netflix comedy special "The Closer," which received two Emmy nominations on Tuesday.
Dave Chappelle in his Netflix comedy special “The Closer,” which received two Emmy nominations on Tuesday.

Backlash against Dave Chappelle was renewed by LGBT detractors after the Emmy’s announced two nominations for the legendary comedian’s comedy special “The Closer.”

The Netflix comedy special, which was released in October, received two Primetime Emmy nominations today, including outstanding variety special. Stan Lathan was also nominated for outstanding directing of a variety special for “The Closer.”

In “The Closer,” Chappelle compared the progress of the LGBT movement with the civil rights struggle that has affected Black people in America. He goes on to criticize racism in the LGBT community.

“Gay people are a minority, until they need to be white again,” Chappelle said in the comedy special.

Chappelle’s stories and jokes involving transgender people were not well-received by some people in the LGBT community who felt he was insensitive and “transphobic” even as he goes on to describe an unlikely friendship he forged with a transgender woman who he said wanted to be a comedian. His previous comedy specials that included topics about transgender people have also been scrutinized.

More about Chappelle and the Emmy nominations can be found here.