Billy Eichner and Mae Martin denounced Netflix’s support for Dave Chappelle’s jokes about queer and trans people, in a comedy special released by Netflix itself.
Both comedians appear on “Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration,” which premiered on June 9 after being taped at Netflix Is a Joke Fest in May. The event, hosted by Eichner, was the largest LGBTQ + comic gathering in a stand-up special, according to Netflix.
“We all know how backward and dangerous the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws are,” Eichner says in the special. “Queer people, and especially trans people, are under legislative attack in this country. Trans people are being belittled. They are trying to dehumanize trans people. They are trying to erase trans people. And I’m not even talking about Florida. I’m talking about Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special!
“Oh, come to me! I don’t have Jamie Foxx to defend me, but I have Rosie O’Donnell and the whole Gay Men’s Chorus! ” She added.
Martin followed suit during his set, joking that the characters from “Beauty and the Beast” can be used to explain the spectrum of gender identity to people who don’t understand it, with Gaston at the end “hyper. -male “and Belle as its opposite.
“In the middle of the spectrum, you have the candlestick. I am really referring to the candlestick. They are fantastic. And of course, the more you power Lumière, the more Gaston and Belle will have fun. Lumière is like, ‘Be my guest!’ “She said.
He continued: “I have this fantasy that Chappelle, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais – any kind of multimillionaire who uses their huge platform to strike – are eating a pork roast. They are tearing the flesh. They’re drinking goblets of that medieval drink, mead. They turn on the TV and they see me do my little “Beauty and the Beast” joke and all of a sudden they say, “Oh my god. He was wrong. ‘ And they gently rock each other. They kiss. “
Netflix hosted the event while also having Dave Chappelle as its headliner, a controversial decision given widespread criticism (including from Variety) that Chappelle’s special “The Closer” was transphobic, as was the subsequent fallout on Netflix. During one of his four performances at the Hollywood Bowl, he was physically assaulted on stage. “He was a trans man,” he later joked.
“Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration” also includes Eddie Izzard, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, Rosie O’Donnell, Solomon Georgio, Sam Jay, River Butcher, Patti Harrison, Matteo Lane, Marsha Warfield, Mae Martin , Judy Gold, Joel Kim Booster, James Adomian, Guy Branum, Gina Yashere, Bob the Drag Queen, Trixie Mattel, Scott Thompson and Todd Glass. Producers include Page Hurwitz, Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions and Brian Graden and Dave Mace for Brian Graden Media. To complement the special, Netflix also gave the green light to “Stand Out: The Documentary” on the history of LGBTQ comedy.