Dave Chappelle Emmy Noms Cause Outcry: ‘Abandonment Culture Doesn’t Exist’

According to many online comments, Dave Chappelle’s two Emmy nominations are for his Netflix special The nearer is proof that “the abandonment culture doesn’t exist”.

His 2021 stand-up show sparked an outcry in the LGBTQ+ community as it was labeled “transphobic” by many. He recently stood by his comments during another Netflix special, calling students who criticized him “instruments of oppression.”

When the 2022 Emmy nominations were announced Tuesday, Chappelle’s The nearer was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.

Dave Chappelle has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for his 2021 Netflix special The Closer.
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Chappelle’s nominations were met with anger by some online, who believed it was proof that abandonment culture isn’t as much of a threat as it’s being portrayed.

“Dave Chappelle’s transphobic stand-up special was nominated for an Emmy,” @pierogiwitch wrote on Twitter, “I’m sorry I never want to hear a cishet man complain about abort culture ever again.” Crap. It’s devastating.” Cishet is short for cisgender and heterosexual.

Twitter user @daul_powning agreed, writing that Chappelle’s nomination “really is the only proof that an abandon culture doesn’t exist.”

TV writer Rod, co-host of the podcast The black guy who gives tipsinterfered. “Dave Chappelle’s Oscar acceptance speech will be about how he’s the true victim of the abandonment culture,” he said.

Others took the opportunity to poke fun at the complaints. “There are people out there who say the world is a hell hole because they can’t shut up anyone who has the audacity to publicly disagree with them,” @meme_space_nine commented. Referring to Chappelle, they continued, “I’m sorry you couldn’t destroy the man’s career at will. I think you just need to learn how to deal with disappointment.”

“Cancel Culture is clearly troubling him,” said @ImNotAStatistic in response to the Emmy nominations.

Several Reddit threads also discussed the controversy, and thousands of people posted about it, both for and against Chappelle.

Dave Chappelle in The Closer
Dave Chappelle has been accused of transphobia for his jokes on Netflix special The Closer.
Mathieu Bitton/Netflix

“Just a tired performance from a once-great comedian,” wrote one Reddit user, questioning the quality of the special aside from the controversial jokes.

“Wow he seems canceled to me,” one user wrote sarcastically, “this is definitely legit and not just some culture used for marketing at their grassroots.” Another added, “Emmy nom while she’s about the cancellation is crying lol.”

The 2022 Emmy nominations recognized many fan-favorite shows. successor was the most nominated show with 12 in the main categories and 25 in all categories.

The White Lotus received 11 big nods Teddy Lasso scored 10. Both shows received a total of 20 nominations. Other shows with multiple nominations have been Stunned, Barry, Severance pay, Squid Game and Pam & Tommy.

Notable nudges included the sitcom Black, which ended this year. Host Anthony Anderson joked Emmy voters were “racist” after the show received just two nominations in technical categories.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 3rd and 4th, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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