One of the world’s most popular podcasters, comedians, and UFC commentators, Joe Rogan, came to the aid of his friend and fellow comedian Dave Chapelle, stating that “ideas you can’t make fun of are dangerous.”
Chappelle has been receiving a lot of criticism from the media and from diehard left-wingers due to some of the jokes he made during his latest stand-up special for streaming service Netflix, called “The Closer.” Apparently, Chappelle’s jokes about the transgender community, along with his support of both “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and “Team TERF” are what has caused the most backlash against him, despite the fact that he makes fun of a lot of different groups of people in the special.
Rogan then came to the defense of his friend during the latest episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in which he was interviewing podcaster Michael Malice.
“He’s just, you know, riding out the storm,” Rogan said as he spoke of Chappelle, according to a piece put out by Complex. “He’s not a homophobic or transphobic person. He makes fun of himself. There’s a bit in that special about him getting molested and jerking off on a man’s face or cumming in a man’s face. Look, it’s fun. It’s just making jokes. That doesn’t mean hate. This is the problem with today: if you don’t have an enemy, you make an enemy. And this is a real problem with people. We look for things.”
Rogan then issued a warning about progressives and woke folk coming after comedians over the topics they make jokes about, stating, “these ideas that you can’t make fun of are dangerous.”
“They’re not good for anybody. They’re not good for the people who hold those ideas. Whether it’s about who you are or what you do, the idea that no fun can be had about any of this is crazy because the idea is that then all fun is done maliciously and out of hate. And we know as friends that is just not true,” the UFC commentator continued.
Rogan also complimented Chappelle and told of what he knows about Chappelle personally. He also criticized those who feel like they are in a “protected class” and should receive a pass from comics because of their identity.
“If you get down to Dave Chappelle’s real feelings, he’s a lovely person,” the podcaster then went on to say during the episode. “He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. He loves everybody. He’s not a hateful soul. He’s beyond jealous. He’s just a guy who loves this art form called stand-up comedy and he tries to do his best navigating this world of talking s*** about things and saying outrageous things that get huge laughs, or placating really sensitive groups that feel like they’re in a protected class and then the other people that pile onto that, that also feel like this is a protected class. They equate any jokes with hate and this is where they’re wrong.”
Publicly, Chappelle has brushed off the criticism of his latest special. During an early October screening of his documentary “Untitled,” Chappelle addressed his critics and detractors. As The Daily Wire reported:
Chappelle left his critics alone for most of his speech, however. “This is the kindness conspiracy,” Chappelle said, encouraging Americans to “trust one another” to overcome partisanship.
“The comedian did take another shot later in the night, dismissing the social media-fed outrage over his jokes. ‘F*** Twitter, this is real life,’ Chappelle said to a “big roar” of approval from the audience, according to Deadline,” the report noted.