In a new profile for GQ, Jerrod Carmichael addressed the nature of “cancel culture,” Dave Chappelle, and the fallout with his family after coming out in his intimate comedy special, Rothaniel, which premiered on HBO earlier this year.During his frank conversation with the magazine, the typically private comedian reflected on the encouraging response from his niece and why he has faith in the younger generation, which led to him opening up about his thoughts on the way certain big-name comedians use the idea of cancel culture as a “boogeyman” scare tactic: “I love this generation.
I actually f*ck with them, and f*ck all those comedians that are going so hard against them.”Though he didn’t initially mention Chappelle by name, it was pretty clear who Carmichael was referencing.
Over the past few years, Chappelle has been criticized for continually “joking” about trans people in his stand-up material, including his 2021 Netflix special, The Closer, which prompted a company walkout in protest by the streamer’s LGBTQ employees and allies.
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