Tuesday brought about a whole slew of new content to Netflix, and Dave Chappelle’s sixth Netflix special The Closer was a part of that. Along with the crash and honest bits Chappelle is known for, he decided it was time to joke about the LGTBQ community; a topic he has never shied away from joking about. Now historically his jokes have hit and been fine, however since he decided to bring J.K. Rowling alone for the ride, it’s now an issue.
“They canceled J.K. Rowling — my God. Effectually she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as sh**, they started calling her a TERF… I’m team TERF. … Gender is a fact” said Chappelle. Now for those who don’t know, TERF stands for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist”. Or a fancy way of staying “feminists that realize there are only two genders”.
Now Chappelle has never hidden his desire to be edgy and to touch on difficult or rarely joked about topics. So how people were blown away by this his bit is nonsense. It seems like somehow people forget that comedians are in the job of making you laugh. You don’t make people laugh by talking about hearts and flowers and cutesy stuff. You make them laugh by making them forget what is wrong in their own lives. Much like J.K. Rowling does with her Harry Potter books. Now that isn’t to say that they don’t remove the problems in everyday life, but they make the negative aspects of life easier to deal with.
J.K. Rowling made her stance on the matter very well-known back in June of 2020 with an op-ed piece she retweeted about menstruation, and “people that menstruate” being used as a term, in place of the proper term “women”.
To add to her views, she subsequently tweeted “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth… The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women—i.e., to male violence—‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences—is nonsense”.
These tweets in turn led to numerous people burning their Potter books, destroying their merch, and taking aim at J.K. Rowling as much as possible. These people even included stars of the films based on her books like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Eddie Redmayne choosing to publicly destroy her.
Considering the science has proven the number of genders in existence, why does the globe seem to so easily buy into these theories that you can just wake up and say “I’m a woman today”? These ideals poison our way of life and poison our children. Things like Storytime with Drag Queens featuring hypersexualized innuendo are glossed over as ‘cute’ and ‘just the way they are’ by blind and immoral parents. These skewed ideals are normalized and given to our children as if they were the reality of the world.
As Dave Chappelle said, I’m team TERF. These same make-believe ideas and terms people are randomly coming up with must to leave our society, and people need to stop living in make-believe land where people care about what you feel like today. They need to come back to reality and accept reality and science for what it is; indisputable facts.