Lefty Comedian Patton Oswalt Apologizes for Praising “Genius” Dave Chappelle
Liberal comedian and actor Patton Oswalt penned a lengthy apology to fans after posting photos of himself with colleague Dave Chappelle, who’s been attacked by the cancel culture over his unfiltered brand of comedy.
In an Instagram post last week, the anti-Trump B-list celebrity acknowledged being asked to perform a guest set with Chappelle, who Oswalt referred to as a “genius” and a “real friend.”
“Finished me set at @mccawhall [McCaw Hall] and got a text from @davechappelle,” Oswalt wrote. “Come over to the arena he’s performing in next door and do a guest set. Why not? I waved good-bye to this hell-year with a genius I started comedy with 34 years ago.”
Oswalt went on to praise Chappelle, who was attacked and “canceled” by the censorship mob over alleged anti-trans jokes made in recent Netflix specials.
Oswalt’s celebration, however, was short-lived as the very next day he posted an update distancing himself from Chappelle’s purported viewpoints and profusely apologizing for offending the LGBTQ community.
“I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time this New Year’s Eve. We’ve known each other since we’re teens. He’s a fellow comedian, the funniest I’ve ever met. I wanted to post a pic & an IG story about it — so I did. The friend is Dave Chappelle,” he began a lengthy screed.
Oswalt said despite being friends with Chappelle for over 30 years, “we also 100% disagree about transgender rights and representation.”
“I support trans peoples’ rights — ANYONE’S rights — to live safely in the world as their fullest selves,” he said, misconstruing Chappelle’s views on natural biology and free speech. “For all the things he’s helped ME evolve on, I’ll always disagree with where he stands NOW on transgender issues.”
Oswalt went on to say he’s “hopeful” Chappelle’s not “done evolving, learning,” and that he can’t simply “cut off” their friendship like he’s done with others “who had views with which I couldn’t agree, or changed in ways I couldn’t live with.”