Family of trans comedian defends Dave Chappelle

Comedian Dave Chappelle is defended by family of late transgender friend after he was condemned over new Netflix special which saw him declare: ‘I’m Team TERF. Gender is a fact’

  • The family of late trans comedian Daphne Dorman responded to the backlash that Dave Chappelle got after he made comments about the trans community 
  • In response to JK Rowling being called a ‘TERF’, Chappelle said ‘I’m Team TERF. Gender is a fact,’ on his Netflix special The Closer
  • The team TERF stands trans-exclusionary radical feminists, who do not believe transgender women should have the same rights as cisgender women 
  • Dorman’s sisters defended Chappelle and called him ‘an ally’ as he advocated for Daphne and worked with her on the comedy scene 
  • Chappelle’s special was released on Netflix almost two years after Dorman’s suicide
  •  Other LGBTQ organizations and communities have slammed Chappelle for his comments and Netflix for airing the special

The family of a transgender comedienne who killed herself have defended her friend Dave Chappelle after he was branded transphobic over his new Netflix special.    

Relatives of Daphne Dorman, who took her life in 2019, defended Chappelle’s comments calling him an ‘LGBTQ ally’ after he received criticism from the community.

‘Daphne was in awe of Dave’s graciousness,’ Dorman’s sister Becky had written in a text, according to The Daily Beast.

‘She did not find his jokes rude, crude, off-coloring, off-putting, anything. She thought his jokes were funny. Daphne understood humor and comedy—she was not offended. Why would her family be offended?’

‘Dave loved my sister and is an LGBTQ ally,’ Dorman’s younger sister Brandy also added in the message. ‘His entire set was begging to end this very situation.’

The family of a late trans comedian defended Dave Chappelle after he made ‘transphobic’ remarks on his new Netflix special The Closer 

Brandy had also made a separate Facebook post claiming that Chappelle’s statements were being misinterpreted.  

‘At this point I feel like he poured his heart out in that special and no one noticed,’ she wrote.

‘What he’s saying to the LGBTQ family is, ‘I see you. Do you see me? I’m mourning my friend in the best way I know how. Can you see me? Can you allow me that?’

‘This was a call to come together, that two oppressed factions of our nation put down their keyboards and make peace. How sad that this message was lost in translation.’ 

Late trans comedian Daphne Dorman was a friend of Chappelle who worked with him on the comedy scene 

‘No one knows what life was like for my siblings and I. We are products of how we were brought [up]. 

‘Dave was the biggest bright spot for Daphne; she was enamored for the first time. Blaming Dave is beyond the wrong thing to do. He helped her and let her be comfortable while talking with him. 

‘She had many demons; Dave Chappelle was NOT one of them.’

‘The man loved my sister and felt empathy towards her human experience and, yes, he makes terrible jokes that are also funny,’ also added.

‘News flash, our whole family does that. Our funerals are laughter through tears, we mourn by remembering the times we laughed together, and yes, some inappropriate humor, too.

‘As often as Dave stands up for Daphne, we will be there for Dave. This man is our tribe, and we mourn alongside him.’ 

The comedian received backlash for his comments in his special The Closer where he stated he was ‘Team TERF’ in response to similar comments made by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The term TERF stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist, which is a type of feminist who excludes the female trans community from their advocacy of women’s rights. 

Trans-exclusionary feminists believe transgender women should not automatically have all the same rights as cisgender women – women who identify as the gender they were born as.

Flare-up points include whether trans women should be allowed into segregated spaces such as spas, or to compete against cisgender athletes in some sports.  

‘Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as f**k, they started calling her a TERF,’ he said in reference to Rowling’s cancellation. 

‘I’m Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact,’ he added.

Chappelle also added that ‘every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth.’  

Dorman’s sister dubbed Chappelle as an ‘ally’ and claimed that Chappelle’s jokes were being misinterpreted 

 Daphne Dorman was referenced in Chappelle’s 2019 special Sticks and Stones

Chappelle had become friends with Daphne Dorman during their time working in comedy together.

Dorman had opened for one of Chappelle’s acts in San Francisco and openly laughed at his material which some deemed to be transphobic. 

She even took the time to make an online post in defense of Chappelle’s jokes. 

‘Punching down requires you to consider yourself superior to another group,’ she wrote.

‘He doesn’t consider himself better than me in any way. He isn’t punching up or punching down. He’s punching lines. That’s his job and he’s a master of his craft.’

She made a final apology to her fans on a Facebook post before she committed suicide in October 2019.

Dorman’s sisters then took the time to post messages in Chappelle’s defense after negative comments were being directed at him in response to her suicide.

‘After she committed suicide, all I saw all over social media was Dave Chappelle-bashing,’ she said. “I commented on so many posts, which is something I do not do. I commented to defend Dave,’ Becky had written.

LGBTQ advocacy group responded to the remarks made by Chappelle in agreement that they were considered ‘transphobic’ 

Jaclyn Moore, pictured, a trans showrunner on another Netflix show said she will no longer work for the streaming service following Dave Chappelle’s allegedly ‘transphobic’ remarks

Harry Potter author JK Rowling previously was slammed as a TERF for the comments she made about the trans community

Other LGBTQ advocacy groups have slammed Chappelle for his comments, including GLADD and a showrunner from the hit Netflix series Dear White People.

‘I want to be clear that Dave Chappelle should be free to say whatever he wants and I should be free to say whatever I would like about him’, showrunner Jaclyn Moore said.

‘Not to let Chappelle off the hook, but my bigger issue is with Netflix. This isn’t a live special. It was filmed, finished and people watched it and nobody said, ‘Hey, are we sure this is good? Are we sure this is OK? Are we sure this isn’t dangerous? What are the consequences of putting this out?’ 

In a tweet from GLADD, the organization wrote: ‘Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. 

‘Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don’t support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree.’

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