Dave Chappelle, it seems, isn’t the same performer he was when he first began working for Netflix.
Chappelle’s first few specials were thoughtful, funny musings on the state of the world, a fireside chat with a masterful storyteller who can speak to a vast audience as though he were confiding in a close friend.
Chappelle in The Closer is almost unrecognizable; the special is almost entirely centered around the controversy sparked by Chappelle’s habit of mocking the trans community, in a way that the community largely objects to.
Regardless of how you feel about “punching down,” the right to offend, or political correctness, it’s hard to ignore the
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