Did Dave Chappelle “Punch Down?”

Concerning Dave Chappelle’s comedy show, a typical woke professor complained:

Louis CK remains the king — wow, but that guy destroyed his reputation spectacularly — but it looks like Dave Chappelle is working hard to catch up. Where once I could respect him for the ol’ “speaking truth to power” routine and his sometimes exceedingly edgy comedy, I guess he found that work too taxing and has decided it’s easier to punch down and start mocking the trans community, while getting highly paid by Netflix.

This is absurd.  The trans community is not some weak, fragile, helpless little community.  It is an extremely powerful community whose ideology is upheld by most of academia and the media.  That the Netflix controversy even exists is a testament to the power of this community.  Thus, it is silly to think that Chappelle was “punching down.”

Speaking of the controversy, it caused me to look in and watch the comedy show.  Chappelle is an equal opportunity offender.  He makes fun of Jews, Asians, women, lesbians, white people, Christians, and even himself.  But when he makes fun of the trans community, all hell breaks lose.  Apparently, you can make fun of everyone except…..the trans.  That community is special and beyond mocking.  It is taboo to make fun of them.

Yet isn’t this special exception a sign of the power that is held by the trans community?

There are many lines of evidence that demonstrate the power of the trans community.  But let’s consider just this one example.  Read this article. 

When you are done reading, you’ll notice that the Associated Press was actually willing to lie in support of the trans community.  Yes, the AP lied to support the trans community.  And then, even when the AP got caught in its lie, they half-heartedly retracted it and replaced it with a deceptive description that was not such an obvious lie.

When an organization of mainstream journalists are willing to throw their own reputations in the trash and start lying in order to defend the trans community, you know the trans community wields immense power.   When just about every media organization is trying to assist the trans community in its battle with Chappelle and Netflix, you know the trans community wields immense power.  And when the Netflix CEO begins backpedaling, you know the trans community wields immense power.

I’m sorry, but it is just not accurate to portray Chappelle as “punching down.”  It would be more accurate to say he was “speaking truth to power.”

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25 Responses to Did Dave Chappelle “Punch Down?”

  1. apollyon911 says:

    ‘Marginalized’ are always those groups that are so ‘disempowered’ that if they are offended in any way, one can lose one’s job. The Woke mob is incensed that Chappelle hasn’t lost his gig. They are upset that they are not all-powerful

  2. Bill Hankel says:

    Reading this reminded me of one of Dennis Miller’s rants I heard years ago, which I was able to locate on Google (with apologies for the obnoxiously long URL): https://books.google.com/books?id=hPC_MiaqXUMC&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=dennis+miller+join+in+our+reindeer+games&source=bl&ots=-uQR73IdKU&sig=ACfU3U3xuOtNMnStSQwXQDhM_Hdn4PHIcQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiW8uDfu97zAhUwneAKHR71BAwQ6AF6BAgCEAM#v=onepage&q=dennis%20miller%20join%20in%20our%20reindeer%20games&f=false
    His words seem even more appropriate in today’s Woke culture … good grief! 😦

  3. dpmonahan says:

    Trannies don’t wield power per se, but they are useful to powerful people.

  4. Doug says:

    It wasn’t that long ago that one of the hallmarks of privilege was being above criticism.
    • those who must not be offended are the most privileged
    • those who must not be questioned are the next most privileged
    • those who must not be criticized are the next most privileged
    • those who must not be insulted the next most privileged

  5. Marc McKenzie says:

    “Speaking of the controversy, it caused me to look in and watch the comedy show. ”

    Which is the right thing to do. I wonder how many of those who are complaining about the show even _watched_ it. Because it seems to me that many of them did not.

  6. Ilíon says:

    There is no such thing as the “trans community”, any more than there is such a thing as the “ghey community”.

    If there were such things, then *logically*, there is also such a thing as the “straight community”; and it doesn’t take a leftist ideologue to see the absurdity of “organizing” the “straight community”.

  7. Ilíon says:

    ==Trannies don’t wield power per se, but they are useful to powerful people.==

    Exactly. And when the tranny activists are no longer useful to powerful people, they will be tossed under the bus without a moment’s regret.

  8. TFBW says:

    There’s no faster way to get thrown under the bus by a woke mob than to be a trans-person and to publicly express regret over one’s decision to transition.

  9. The elites will abandon the trans community when the mass of suicides over regretted but irreversible transitions starts to take place.

  10. TFBW says:

    Incorrect. They don’t mind the suicides: they can blame them on Transphobia. It’s transsexuals who have the temerity to keep living after they have regrets which are the problem.

  11. Dhay says:

    In his 20 October 2021 blog post entitled, “The cult of masculinity is just another religion”, PZ Myers — the “typical woke professor” in the OP — supports a view I have seen expressed a number of times here on S2L, namely that the rejection of religion (eg as a result of using [insert atheist buzzwords here]) will result in the proliferation of pseudo-religious substitutes; indeed, Myers says it already has:

    My error, though, was to think too small. Get rid of religion, we get rid of a major pitfall. I still think that’s true (but very, very difficult), but I did not anticipate that humanity would simply find another dangerously deep hole to fall into right away, and that encouraging people to find another path with that “reason and logic” stuff would lead them there so fast.

    https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2021/10/20/the-cult-of-masculinity-is-just-another-religion/

    What is that pseudo-religious substitute which so worries Myers? His post title says it, but here’s it again:

    I also did not expect that our doom would be maleness, … The noisy mouthpieces of the far right are dominated by a group of regressive jerks who are riding to personal prosperity on the backs of the fears and inadequacy of the worst men.

    I note that Myers rejects the old atheist mantra/meme/buzzwords of “reason and logic” — presumably “Science and Reason” and “Evidence and Reason” likewise — these mislead down unsavory paths, apparently; and that he rejects rather than contends that “the noisy mouthpieces of the far right” — presumably their far right followers likewise — are Christian. That’s a mark deducted from atheism and a mark awarded to Christianity. Who would have thought Myers could be so clear-sighted.

  12. Ilíon says:

    ==Incorrect. They don’t mind the suicides: they can blame them on Transphobia.==

    I’d have said something like that (but I was AFK).

    Also, regretful trannies killing themselves will be “proof” that we in the US need “liberal” euthanasia laws, and tax-funded euthanasia “clinics”.

  13. TFBW says:

    Who would have thought Myers could be so clear-sighted.

    … while simultaneously demonstrating levels of self-unawareness which I thought were theoretically impossible. Myers hasn’t simply drunk the Feminism Kool-Aid: he’s been snorting up lines of the dry powder. That being said, I’m still ambivalent as to whether (or to what degree) he is sincerely ideologically possessed, or merely engaging in performance art for personal gain.

  14. Dhay says:

    > The trans community is not some weak, fragile, helpless little community. It is an extremely powerful community whose ideology is upheld by most of academia and the media.

    “Oxfam drops Wonder Women Bingo game celebrating ‘inspiration woman’ including JK Rowling after trans protests”, says the Daily Mail:

    Oxfam has bowed to the transgender lobby by withdrawing a children’s bingo game celebrating ‘inspirational women’ from sale in its stores and online. … The game … uses pictures of 48 famous women … including Jane Austen, US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, climate-change activist Greta Thunberg and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

    [T]he charity told staff: … ‘We took the decision to remove the game from sale following concerns raised by trans and non-binary colleagues who told us it didn’t live up to our commitment to respect people of all genders.’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10123867/Oxfam-drops-Wonder-Women-bingo-game-celebrating-inspiration-woman-including-JK-Rowling.html

    While the headline claim is that the offence is given by the inclusion of JK Rowling, it’s a “feminist” (TERF, presumably) who’s being quoted in support, not one of the complaining trans colleagues; so take your pick of Bindel’s two competing guesses, or pick both:

    Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel suggested the game may have been ditched because it includes Rowling and fellow author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who have challenged the transgender belief that there is no difference between trans and biological women.

    Ms Bindel also suspects Oxfam feared a backlash because Canadian actor Elliot Page, who now identifies as a ‘transgender guy’, is pictured in the game as Ellen Page, having been born a girl.

    Oxfam has a shocking record when it comes to the sexual exploitation (where material aid in serious crises should have been provided) of vulnerable women and young girls by its overseas staff, also sexual harassment at home. The UK government withdrew funding when it came to light, and Oxfam was forced to hire a purported reformer as CEO.

    She added: ‘Yet again trans ideology that’s captured so much of society has prevailed over women’s rights and women’s experience. Oxfam should be ashamed of themselves. They were so lax in dealing with men who were accused of sexually exploiting vulnerable girls and women, yet they rush to remove a game celebrating women.’

    Those complaints of sexual exploitation and paedophilia were hushed up by Oxfam year on year in order to protect its reputation, likewise the the public’s donations and the government’s funding, from damage. Yet Oxfam responds immediately to its trans lobby.

  15. Ilíon says:

    Wait! Aren’t women “strong” and “independent” and “equal” (i.e. superior) to men? How can they be “vulnerable”? How can they need “material aid”?

  16. Dhay says:

    Ilíon > Wait! Aren’t women “strong” and “independent” and “equal” (i.e. superior) to men? How can they be “vulnerable”? How can they need “material aid”?

    Probably it’s because Oxfam turns up in the aftermath of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, flood, famine etc, when everybody in the affected area needs material aid.

    The vulnerability comes in when Oxfam’s staff — senior staff, some of them — make the giving of material aid conditional upon women and young girls prostituting themselves to said staff to obtain it.

    I expect there was a male on male version, too.

  17. Ilíon says:

    Undoubtedly.

    However, the implication is that women specifically are especially vulnerable — which puts the lie leftist/feminist ideology.

  18. Nuke1776 says:

    Chappelle is an equal opportunity offender. He makes fun of Jews, Asians, women, lesbians, white people, Christians, and even himself. But when he makes fun of the trans community, all hell breaks lose. Apparently, you can make fun of everyone except…..the trans. That community is special and beyond mocking. It is taboo to make fun of them.

    This reminds me of the perfectly crystal clear example of this very phenomenon I saw probably five years ago now. If you recall, the game Cards Against Humanity (for those unfamiliar, it’s basically Apples to Apples where you play cards with phrases on them in response to a prompt card, but more “grown up”, which is just code for vulgar) had many “equal opportunity offender” cards, as the game was basically an exercise in irreverence and sarcasm (perfect for millennials/zoomers…). There came a story of a tranny of some utterly unique gender of stunning bravery who took exception to a card that said, “A very convincing transvestite” and made a display on social media by posting a picture of xhyrself burning the card with the caption, “Death to transphobia!” Ostentatious and sure to get lots of positive feedback of course, but this actually resulted in the creators of the game pulling the card and offering a groveling apology about not wanting to offend so beautiful a group of unique pyrsyns… this all from the makers of a game that is specifically and intentionally irreverent to any and all sacred cows, including legitimately sacred religious symbols. They had a card that says, “The blood of Christ” for crying out loud.

    Naturally, the obvious hypocrisy is sure to go over the heads of both players and creators of the game. People’s closely held sacred beliefs? Fodder for mockery, you religious faith heads! A dude in a dress pretending to be a woman? How dare you violently attack [with words] this stunning and brave example of lovely femininity, you bigot?!

  19. Ilíon says:

    ^ Much stunning! Many bravery!

  20. Dhay says:

    ‘We’re being pressured into sex by some trans women’, says the BBC News headline. (“We” being lesbians.) A long article follows, with this introduction:

    Is a lesbian transphobic if she does not want to have sex with trans women? Some lesbians say they are increasingly being pressured and coerced into accepting trans women as partners – then shunned and even threatened for speaking out. Several have spoken to the BBC, along with trans women who are concerned about the issue too.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-57853385

    Who’s doing the pressuring and coercing of lesbians into penetrative sex? Seems it’s some trans-women (natal males); and it’s the trans-activist yell-in-your-face ‘you’re transphobic if you refuse’ ‘Woke’.

  21. Some trans activisits need to accept that changing their subjective sense of their own personal identity isn’t going to change the fact that they’re utterly hideous and undesirable on both the outside and the inside to those they would like to have a relationship/casual sex with.

  22. TFBW says:

    This is a power game. The gays and lesbians had it good for a while in terms of being protected from criticism and being able to impose their political will on society. The majority of the West preferred to sacrifice the concept of marriage at the altar of “tolerance” towards this vocal, demanding minority, rather than defend it as though the foundations of society were important. But now we have an even more precious victim group taking the top role, and the gays and lesbians are getting a taste of their own bitter medicine. Too bad it’s not likely to make significant numbers of anyone see the error of their ways.

  23. Ilíon says:

    I would say that the “majority of the West preferred to sacrifice the concept of marriage at the altar of “tolerance” towards [a] vocal, demanding minority, rather than defend it as though the foundations of society were important” a couple of generations ago, when they rolled over for the emotional pseudo-arguments for easy divorce.

  24. TFBW says:

    Oh yes: it wasn’t possible to go down the gay marriage path without first going down the easy divorce path (among others), and it arguably wasn’t possible to go down the easy divorce path without first going down the seemingly benign path of “marriage for love” in the Victorian era. After all, if you marry because you love someone, then if you stop loving your spouse, what is the basis for being married anymore? Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, but they put the cart before the horse.

  25. Ilíon says:

    Part of getting to that was the redefining ‘love’ from an act of will to an emotion which just happens to one, and over which one has no control: one “falls in love”; one “falls out of love”.

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