The family of a transgender comedian who committed suicide has defended her boyfriend Dave Chappelle after he was called transphobic for his new Netflix special.
Relatives of Daphne Dorman, who took her life in 2019, defended Chappelle’s comments calling him an “LGBTQ ally” after he faced criticism from the community.
“Daphne was impressed by Dave’s courtesy,” Dorman’s sister Becky had written in a text, according to The Daily Beast.
‘She didn’t find his jokes rude, rude, unpleasant, unpleasant, whatever. She thought his jokes were funny. Daphne understood humor and comedy – she was not offended. Why would her family be offended?’
“Dave loved my sister and is an LGBTQ ally,” Dorman’s younger sister Brandy also added in the message. “His whole set begged for an end to this situation.”
The family of a deceased trans comedian defended Dave Chappelle after he made ‘transphobic’ comments about his new Netflix special The Closer
Brandy had also posted a separate Facebook post claiming Chappelle’s statements were misinterpreted.
“Right now I feel like he poured his heart into that special and no one noticed,” she wrote.
“What he says to the LGBTQ family is, ‘I see you. Do you see me? I mourn my friend in the best way I know. Can you see me? Can you allow me that?’
“This was a call to come together, that two oppressed factions of our nation put down their keyboards and make peace. How sad that this message has been lost in translation.’
The late trans comedian Daphne Dorman was a friend of Chappelle’s who worked with him in the comedy scene
“Nobody knows what life was like for my brothers and sisters and for me. We are products of how we were brought’ [up].
‘Dave was the biggest bright spot for Daphne; she was in love for the first time. Blaming Dave is more than wrong. He helped her and let her be comfortable as he talked to him.
‘She had many demons; Dave Chappelle was NOT one of them.”
“The man loved my sister and felt empathy for her human experience and yes, he makes terrible jokes that are funny too,” he added.
‘Newsflash, our whole family does that. Our funerals are laughter with tears, we mourn by remembering the times we laughed together, and yes, some inappropriate humor too.
“As often as Dave stands up for Daphne, we’ll be there for Dave. This man is our tribe and we mourn with him.”
The comedian was criticized for his comments in his special The Closer, declaring that he was “Team TERF” in response to similar comments from Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
The term TERF stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist, a type of feminist who excludes the trans female community from their advocacy of women’s rights.
Trans-exclusion feminists believe that transgender women should not automatically have the same rights as cisgender women—women who identify as the gender they were born with.
Flashing points include whether trans women should be allowed in segregated areas like spas, or compete against cisgender athletes in some sports.
“Basically she said gender was a fact, the trans community went crazy as a f**k, they started calling her a TERF,” he said in reference to Rowling’s cancellation.
“I’m Team TERF. I agree with that. I agree, dude. Gender is a fact,” he added.
Chappelle also added that “every human in this room, every human on Earth, had to go through a woman’s legs to be on Earth.”
Dorman’s sister called Chappelle an “ally” and claimed Chappelle’s jokes were misinterpreted
Daphne Dorman was mentioned in Chappelle’s 2019 special Sticks and Stones
Chappelle had befriended Daphne Dorman during their time working in comedy together.
Dorman had opened for one of Chappelle’s acts in San Francisco and openly laughed at his material that some considered transphobic.
She even took the time to make an online post defending Chappelle’s jokes.
“To lose weight, you have to consider yourself superior to another group,” she wrote.
“He doesn’t consider himself better than me in any way. He doesn’t bounce up or down. He’s punch lines. That’s his job and he’s a master of his craft.’
She apologized to her fans on a Facebook post before committing suicide in October 2019.
Dorman’s sisters then took the time to post messages in defense of Chappelle after negative comments were directed at him in response to her suicide.
“After she committed suicide, all I saw on social media was Dave Chappelle bashing,” she said. “I’ve responded to so many messages, something I don’t do. I made a comment to defend Dave,” Becky had written.
The LGBTQ advocacy group responded to Chappelle’s comments and agreed they were considered ‘transphobic’
Jaclyn Moore, pictured, a trans showrunner on another Netflix show, said she will no longer work for the streaming service after Dave Chappelle’s allegedly ‘transphobic’ comments
Harry Potter author JK Rowling was previously criticized as a TERF for comments she made about the trans community
Other LGBTQ advocacy groups have criticized Chappelle for his comments, including GLADD and a showrunner on the hit Netflix series Dear White People.
“I want to make it clear that Dave Chappelle should be free to say what he wants and that I should be free to say what I want about him,” said showrunner Jaclyn Moore.
Not to upset Chappelle, but my biggest problem is with Netflix. This is not a live special. It was filmed, finished and people watched it and nobody said, ‘Hey, are we sure this is good? Are we sure this is okay? Are we sure this isn’t dangerous? What are the consequences of releasing this?’
In a tweet from GLADD, the organization wrote: “Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing transgender people and other marginalized communities.
Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special sends a message to the industry that the public does not support anti-LGBTQ rants for platforms. We agree.’