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Comedian Dave Chappelle is doing a limited run of stand-up shows on Broadway, and a review of his opening night performance made the front of the New York Times Arts section on Thursday. But critic Jason Zinoman wasn’t laughing: “The Joke Is Getting Old – An unswayed Dave Chappelle defends the wealthy and mocks the marginalized.” “Unswayed” by social justice rants and pressure from liberal journalist scolds like those at The Times. According to the jump-page headline, “The Joke Is Cruel, And It’s Getting Old.”
What did comedian Chappelle do to merit The Times’s sour-faced censure? He insists on telling jokes about people that Zinoman doesn’t think he should be telling jokes about -- in this case, transgenders.
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The online deck of headlines was solemn accompaniment for an ostensible comedy show review: “Dave Chappelle on Broadway: The Joke Is Getting Old -- The comic hasn’t adjusted his material for the setting: he’s still defending wealthy, famous peers and joking about transgender targets”:
After he was criticized for mocking transgender people in two 2017 specials, Chappelle seems to have become fixated on the subject, alternating between lukewarm jokes about this marginalized group and defensive justifications for them and even apologies. “Got to stop with the trans jokes,” he tells himself at one point.
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