Dave Chappelle, who has been catching heat for his anti-trans remarks from his comedy specials, recently addressed the backlash.
Chappelle said on a recent podcast episode, "In a weird way, they had the intention of inciting violence against themselves for publicity."
He continued, "The trans [people] and their surrogates always say that my jokes are somehow gonna be the root cause of some impending violence that they feel like is inevitable for my jokes."
He added, "But I gotta tell you, as abrasive as they were, the way they were protesting, throwing eggs at people, throwing barricades, cussing and screaming, [none of my fans] beat 'em up. In fact, the people in the crowd would just say, 'We love you. Like, what are you talking about?'"
Dave continued, "Everything seems absolute, and any opinion I respect is way more nuanced than these binary choices they keep putting in front of us. I don’t see the world in red or blue. Trying to silence a person like me, I don’t think it has anything to do with being loved. They want to be feared. 'If you say this, then we will punish you.'"