Billy Eichner comes for Dave Chappelle and doesn’t hold back: “Come at me! I don’t have Jamie Foxx to defend me, but I do have Rosie O’Donnell and the entire Gay Men’s Chorus!”Despite outrage, Netflix has continuously created a space for comics like Ricky Gervais and Chappelle to proliferate anti-trans hate speech disguised as (shameful excuses for) jokes.
And while it doesn’t make up for the hurt, we’re at least relieved to see the streaming giant has also created a platform where a whole army of queer comics can snap back.Related: 5 queer male comedians making stand-up a more accepting (and hilarious) placeIn the brand-new special, Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration—filmed in Los Angeles last month as part of the Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival—Eichner plays emcee to a gaggle of gays, touted as the “largest-ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics.” As the night’s host, the Bros writer set a precedent that there’d be no tip-toeing around the transphobic elephant in the room, using his opening monologue to roast Chappelle—and the streamer itself.“We all know how backwards and dangerous the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws are,” shared the Billy On The Street star. “Queer people, and especially trans people, are under legislative attack in this country.
Trans people are being demeaned. They’re trying to dehumanize trans people. They’re trying to erase trans people. And I’m not even talking about Florida.