Stine: Controversy surrounding upcoming Dave Chappelle performance in Seattle is ridiculous

Dec 16, 2021, 12:54 PM
Dave Chappelle Seattle...
Comedian Dave Chappelle. (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Taken from Thursday’s edition of KIRO Nights

Dave Chappelle is coming to the Climate Pledge Arena, and Seattle Pride spoke out against it recently. They say they’re deeply upset about Chappelle coming to Seattle after comments he made in his recent Netflix special, “The Closer.”

Seattle Pride speaks out against upcoming Dave Chappelle performance

To clarify, in my opinion, the special is a relatively unimportant piece of comedy. I didn’t find it to be funny, because it’s 40 minutes of him talking about how trans people are mean to him on Twitter, which is beneath Dave Chappelle as a comedian, and beneath him as a performer. If I did my whole radio show on the people who don’t like me in the text line, would that be good radio? If I did an hour and a half on the people in the text line who don’t like me, it would be pretty cringe. That’s the way that I view “The Closer” from Dave Chappelle.

But more importantly, the thing that I am of two minds about is not Dave Chappelle coming to Seattle, because of course Dave Chappelle should come to Seattle, of course he should perform at the Climate Pledge Arena, and of course people should go if they want to see him. I am of two minds about Seattle Pride releasing their statement, because I’m not sure how necessary or important this statement is.

So you’re going release a letter to the Climate Pledge Arena, asking that Dave Chappelle not be booked until he apologizes, not to any individual person, but to trans people as a whole? That is a ridiculous argument to make, and I am as pro trans as anybody could possibly be.

It is a stupid thing to ask Dave Chappelle to apologize to the transgender community at large. If you want him to apologize to you, as a trans person because he offended you, I’m sure that you could get in touch with his publicist or his agent, and say, “Hey, Mr. Chappelle, I’m a trans person, and when I watched ‘The Closer,’ I took the comments you made about trans people personally, and rather that it being a ‘me’ problem, I want it to be a ‘you’ problem, because it’s my choice to watch the special.”

No matter how you cut it, it is a stupid thing to do. I am more than happy to support Seattle Pride. I am more than happy to stand up next to our gay brothers and sisters, or our trans brothers and sisters and say, “We will fight transphobia wherever we see it.” What I am not on board with is this idea that Chappelle needs to apologize writ large to everybody for comments he made in a comedy special. I find that stupid and unnecessary.

Now, if you want to criticize this special, I’ll be right along there with you — it’s boring and uninteresting. But this is too much.

Listen to KIRO Nights weeknights from 7 – 10 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

KIRO Nights on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to kiro nightsTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 7 pm for KIRO Nights with Jack Stine.

KIRO Nights

KIRO Nights

Spike O'Neill

Spike: Tyre Nichols protests were peaceful because police were held accountable

While there were protests in numerous cities around the country, including here in Seattle, it wasn't violent. It wasn't destructive.
4 days ago
L.B. Gilbert

Spike: WA constitutional abortion amendment should be an essential right

Spike says the right to bodily autonomy is an important aspect of people having the freedom to live their lives in the way they want.
10 days ago
mega millions...
KIRO Nights

Spike: Winning Mega Millions would pay the bills, but is it reasonable?

The lottery jackpot is huge again with tens of thousands of people clambering at the latest Mega Millions haul sitting at $940 million.
30 days ago
The Great Big KIRO Newsradio Holiday Special for 2022...
KIRO Newsradio staff

The Great Big KIRO Newsradio Holiday Special

Join your favorite KIRO Newsradio voices December 13th for a live radio holiday special!
2 months ago
Matt Butler

Seattle Sounds: Five essential holiday songs that celebrate the area

I knew I could find unique holiday tracks from Seattle artists that hadn’t been overplayed in retail stores and on the radio.
2 months ago
four-day workweek...
Frank Sumrall

Four-day workweek movement gaining momentum in the U.S.

This movement is spearheaded by 4 Day Week, an organization that backs the idea of the four-day workweek as a part of the future.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Stine: Controversy surrounding upcoming Dave Chappelle performance in Seattle is ridiculous