Dave Chappelle Reveals His Comedy Blind Spots in New Netflix Specials

January 10, 2018

Dave Chappelle doesnt offend me. Im not saying it to be mean. Im saying to be funny. And everything is funny until it happens to you. Even as I recoil at the latest bit of controversy-baiting in Chappelles new Netflix specials (particularly Equanimity, the more formal of the two), I recognize that my criticisms of the still-funny 44-year-old comedian arent rooted in how offended I am by his words. My…

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Being Transgender Can Be Funny, but Not for the Reasons Dave Chappelle Thinks

January 7, 2018

I agree with jokes he tells about transgender people in Equanimity, one of his a sense of humor about our unique place in the world; we just dont appreciate the sort of degrading and dehumanizing humor that Chappelle seems so fond of spouting in his Netflix specials, like calling sex reassignment surgery with cutting off a penis. I know that I laugh at myself. I do find it funnyin a…

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Meet Logan Downs, a Trans Recruit Joining the Military on Jan. 2

January 1, 2018

The Air Force recruiting office will be closed on Jan. 1. But if everything goes according to plan, Jan. 2 will find 23-year-old Logan Downs marching through the door to begin the enlisting process. Because Downs is a transgender man, that day is the soonest he could possibly join. Im super excited, he told The Daily Beast. Im ready to go. Id ship out in January if I could. Downs…

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