Patton Oswalt apologizes for New Years Eve photo with Dave Chappelle also defends himself
Patton Oswalt, the comedian, apologized and defended his choice to upload a photo of himself and his longtime friend Dave Chappelle despite the controversy surrounding Chappelle’s views on transgender rights and identity.
Oswalt shared numerous images of himself and Chappelle on New Years Eve on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday. On Instagram, he said he had just wrapped up a concert in Seattle when he received a text from Chappelle.
âCome into the arena he’s performing in next door and make a guest set. Why not? I said goodbye to this hellish year with a genius with whom I started acting 34 years ago, âOswalt wrote. âHe works in an arena as if he were talking to a person and removing their skin. Anyway, I ended the year with a true friend and a deep laugh. I can’t ask for much more.
Most of the comments that have remained on Instagram are from comedy fans. Oswalt then admitted to having deleted the obnoxious comments.
On Twitter, the reaction was worse. âAs a trans person and a fan of your work, it’s hugely disappointing. You’ve been open about your journey to more empathetic comedy, so I’m asking you: please think about how that makes your trans fans feel, âSomeone wrote.
In October, Chappelle received outrage with the release of his Netflix special âThe Closer,â which many claimed to be transphobic and hurtful to transgender groups.
The scandal sparked a walkout at Netflix, prompting co-CEO Ted Sarandos to admit, âI fucked upâ when it came to dealing with employees who were offended by Chappelle’s remarks. The program is still available to watch on Netflix.
Chappelle later said he would be prepared to meet with transgender workers at Netflix who have asked the company to drop the special, but that such a meeting would have to be done on his terms. – You will not summon me, he declared categorically.
Oswalt responded with a lengthy statement on Instagram, accompanied by a photo of him writing in a notebook.
âI saw a friend that I hadn’t seen for a long time on New Years Eve. We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. He’s a fellow actor, the funniest I’ve ever met. I wanted to post a pic and an IG story about it – so I did. The friend is Dave Chappelle, âhe began.
Oswalt expressed his respect for Chappelle and said the two had been friends for 34 years.
“He refocused and refined ideas that many of us considered to be settled about race, history, and life on planet Earth and spun them with a phrase or punchline,” Oswalt wrote.
“But we also disagree 100% on the rights and representation of transgender people. I support the rights of trans people – the rights of EVERYBODY – to live safely in the world in their fullness,” he said. he said, “For all the things he’s helped me move on, I will always disagree with his position NOW on transgender issues.”
Oswalt went on to say that he didn’t believe Chappelle had learned, calling his friend a “researcher.” He also wondered if he had driven people he had cut off because of conflict to “sink their heels deeper, to feed their ignorance with a nitro-boost of resentment and annoyance.”
âI’m sorry, very sorry, that I didn’t think about the harm this would cause. Or the DEPTH of that injury, âOswalt said.
He further claimed that he “had (naively) deleted a lot of posts in the comment thread”, claiming that he “wanted a” cool comment thread “about the photo with my friend.”
“Ugh. So easy to think that someone ELSE needs growth and the need in you is lacking. I’ll keep trying,” Oswalt finished.