Patton Oswalt explains why it is “impossible” for him to cut off his friend Dave Chappelle amid controversy


Patton Oswalt was one of the biggest topics of discussion about Twitter in the last 24 hours after the stand-up comedian made a few eyebrow-raising posts. published Instagram over the weekend.

the King of queens Alum stepped into a large hornet’s nest after sharing a series of pictures showing his loyalty to a longtime friend Dave Chapelle. Of course it is Chapelle show The creator has recently been embroiled in his own vicious social media controversy regarding his thoughts on transgender rights and culture.

And now Oswalt is defending his decision to pose and perform with Chappelle on New Year’s Eve while Also some of his thoughts and comments about his comic book colleague go back.

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Let’s start at the beginning: the shit is the fan, if the Big fan Star Instagram several pictures along with a statement that he was invited by Chappelle to stop by and do a comedy set in Seattle on New Years Eve.

Along with the photos you can see (below), Oswalt wrote about Chappelle:

“I said goodbye to that hell year with a genius I started comedy with 34 years ago. He works in an arena as if speaking to a person and enchanting their skin. Anyway, I ended the year with a real friend and a deep laugh. I can’t ask for much more. “

And here the pictures:

Almost immediately, Chappelle’s most recent statements about the transgender community were borne out by his own Netflix Special The nearer jumped up. They included his defense of Harry Potter author JK Rowling and his explicit claim that he is “Team TERF,” a term used for “trans-excluding radical feminist.”

When fans from all sides of the topic came to Oswalt’s comment section with their opinions and reactions, the stand-up comic considered its first post and published it Another Piece tries to clear up his comments.

In the second post, the sitcom veteran explained himself by saying:

“I saw a friend on New Year’s Eve whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. We have known each other since our youth. He’s a fellow comedian, the funniest I’ve ever met. I wanted to post a picture and an IG story about it – so I did. The friend is Dave Chappelle. We are friends for thirty-four YEARS. He has refocused and refined his ideas that many of us saw as fixed about race, history and life on planet Earth and whirled them around in one sentence or a punch line. We played bad and good gigs, made open microphones and made TV recordings. “

And after defending his three decades of friendship with Chappelle, Oswalt added more about where the two stand in relation to transgender people:

“We also disagree 100% on transgender rights and representation. I support the rights of trans people – the rights of EVERYONE – to a safe life in the world as their fullest selves. For all the things that he has helped ME develop, I will always disagree where he is NOW on transgender issues. But I also don’t think a seeker like him is done developing and learning. You have known someone for so long, you see the struggles and changes, it is impossible to cut them off. “

Ultimately, Patton pondered the friction between an ally of LGBT people and a friend of someone with whom there is a disagreement.

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He added:

“I am an LGBTQ ally. I am a loyal friend. There is friction in these traits that I need to reconcile and to keep SOMEONE else from betraying. And I’m really sorry that I didn’t think about the pain this would cause. Or the DEPTH of that pain. I wrote a lot about IG today and the back and forth really helped me write this. “

Here is the full post:

That is the statement.

Thoughts, perezcious readers? Where do you stand on this controversy?

[Image via WENN/Patton Oswalt/Instagram]