The New Year gives us a lot to think about, and for Patton Oswalt, it’s his 34-year friendship with Dave Chappelle.
The 52-year-old comedian shared a photo of himself with 48-year-old comedian Chappelle on Instagram, and said he joined his longtime friend at a recent guest collection.
Oswalt was quickly met with outrage for the post over Chapel’s controversial comments about the transgender community in his recent special film on Netflix, The Closer. On Sunday, Osvalt explained his relationship with Chappelle and shared the next post.
“We’ve been friends for thirty-four years. He’s focused on life, race, history, and planet Earth, many of us, and identified ideas and turned them into a phrase or punchline. We’ve done bad and good concerts, open microphones and television recordings. But we also disagree 100% on transgender rights and representation, ”Oswalt wrote in the post.
In a special Netflix film released on October 5, Chappelle tried to compare the pace of civil rights achieved by LGBTQ people with those fighting for the black community and expressed solidarity with Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who sparked protests in 2019. to combine sex with sex.
The special incident led to the resignation of Netflix employees and clashes between Chappelle fans and trans rights activists.
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Osvalt continued in his post: “I support the rights of trans peoples – EVERYONE’s right to live safely in the world as their own full personality. Despite everything he has helped me develop, I don’t always agree with where he stands on the transgender issue. But I do not believe that a seeker like him has developed and learned, ”he wrote. “You’ve known someone for a long time, see struggles and changes, they can’t be cut. It’s impossible not to hope and be open and supportive.”
The comedian said he regretted the friendship he had ended up with in the past because of different points of view, and he often wondered if it was right to cut them off or if it only intensified their ignorance with anger and hatred. . . “
“I am an LGBTQ ally. I am a loyal friend. There is a friction in the traits I need to reconcile myself with, and I must not allow anyone else to feel betrayed,” Oswalt wrote. “Sorry, I’m sorry, it hurts. Or I didn’t think about the depth of that pain.”
Many fans responded to Oswalt’s post with good words and understanding, while others were more critical.
“It’s very well said, Patton. I really appreciate your sympathy and tenderness in these words. Thank you for being a light,” explained LGBTQ activist Charlotte Kleimer.
An Instagram user named @haleybesser wrote: “You are not an lgbtq + ally. Not even close. If you support people who hurt us, you are not an ally. I don’t care how long your friendship has been.”
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