Queer Comedian Billy Eichner Calls Out Dave Chappelle In Netflix Special

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Netflix has released a new LGBTQ+ Netflix special where featured comedian Billy Eichner called out Dave Chappelle for transphobic jokes.

Queer comedian Billy Eichner is calling out Dave Chappelle. Released to Netflix on Thursday, Eichner is amongst other LGTQ comedians in new special Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration featuring Margaret Cho, Eddie Izzard, Tig Notaro, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Patti Harrison and others. Hosted by Eisner, taping for Stand Out was held during Netflix Is a Joke Festival, where Chappelle was attacked by attendee Isaiah Lee.

In Stand Out, Eichner brought up Chappelle’s history of transphobic jokes in Netflix specials, his last special being The Closer last October.

“We all know how backwards and dangerous the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws are. 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. I’m talking about Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special! Eichner joked, adding, “Oh, come at me! I don’t have Jamie Foxx to defend me, but I have Rosie O’Donnell and the entire Gay Men’s Chorus!”

After attacking Chappelle during his Hollywood Bowl set during Netflix Is A Joke Festival, Isaiah Lee told The New York Post that he tackled the comedian because of his jokes about the LGBTQIA+ community.

“I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,” Lee said, adding, “I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.”

Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration is available on Netflix now.

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