Patton Oswalt is responding to criticism for performing with Dave Chappelle on New Year’s Eve.
Oswalt shared on social media that after finishing his stand-up show at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center last Friday, he received a text message from his friend of over 30 years – Chappelle – asking him to come to the nearby Climate Pledge Arena and be a last-minute part of his Dave Chappelle and friends show. Oswalt did – and faced backlash for the transgender controversy in the middle of Chappelle’s Netflix.
“I saw a friend I had not seen for a long time this New Year’s Eve,” Oswalt wrote on Instagram on Sunday amid criticism. “We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. He’s a 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. 30 four YEARS have we have been friends. “
That said, “We also 100% disagree on the rights and representation of transgender people,” Oswalt wrote. “I support the rights of transgender people – EVERYONE’s rights – to live safely in the world as their full selves. For all the things he has helped ME develop, I will always disagree with where he stands NOW in terms of transgender people. But I also don ‘t believe that a seeker like him has finished evolving, learning. hopeful and open and cheering on them. ”
Oswalt called himself “an LGBTQ ally” and “a loyal friend”, acknowledging: “There are frictions in the traits I need to unite myself and not let cause a sense of betrayal in ANYONE else And I’m sorry, really sorry I did not consider the wound this would cause. Or the DEEP of that wound. I have sent a lot of messages on IG today, and back and forth has really helped me guided me in writing this. “
He ended up admitting that he also “(naively) deleted” some of the criticism that appeared in the comments to his post, which showed behind-the-scenes photos with Chappelle – and said he regrets it.
“So easy to believe that someone else needs growth and misses the need in yourself,” he wrote. “Will keep trying.”
New Year’s Day, Oswalt shared photos from the night before and wrote: “Finished my set … and got a text message from @davechappelle. Come over to the arena, he performs next door, and make a guest set. Why not? I waved goodbye to this hell year with a genius I started comedy with 34 years ago.He works in an arena as if he’s talking to one person and charming their skin off.At least I ended the year with a real friend and a deep laugh.Can do not demand much more. “
While deleting some of the criticism from Instagram, he noted that there is still a lot to go around, including these via Twitter:
Oswalt’s wife, actress Meredith Salenger, also addressed the setback on social media, saying they “understand where [people are] comes from.”
Chappelle’s Netflix Comedy Special The closer was released in September and the star faced accusations of transphobia and homophobia because of his remarks in it. They included Chappelle, who said “gender is a fact” and made fun of transgender women’s genitals. He also declared himself a “team TERF” or “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” and defended Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has faced accusations of transphobia for years.
Some Netflix employees staged a work stoppage as the company backed the controversial comedian. Chappelle said he “stands by his art” and has mocked the controversy in subsequent shows and joked about being canceled.