By now you all know Dave Chappelle needed more money so he did some calculations and decided to ride the coattails of terfs, profit off the pain of a highly visible minority. It’s incredibly transparent. While transphobic actions make him a transphobe in effect, one wonders if he even has transphobia in his heart. Are you really bothered by trans people, or is it just an obvious cash grab? I don’t really care, just annoyed to see these irrelevant has-been comedian fucks throwing in with the worst people in the world. A waste of whatever shreds remain of their original talents.
This is not especially relevant to me and my life. I cancelled Dave Chappelle when he defended Trump’s misogyny and cancelled Netflix when they promoted eating disorders and suicidal ideas through their original programming, haven’t been tempted since. But there is one way in which this is relevant and it’s as hilarious as it is pathetic.
PZ has called our attention to Nu Atheism’s shining light in Richard Dawkins, and what he’s been up to lately. Want to guess what venal calculations he has cribbed from the fascist pundits and has-been comedians of the world? Within weeks of Chappelle’s shit, our own former anti-pope came out on stage with a straw hat and cane to huck some shit of his own.
I’m reminded in part of the social cowards who orbited the true bullies back in junior high. Para-bullies? They wouldn’t initiate much on their own, just sidle up to the instigators once they start going in on a kid, and make sneering or laughing or wall-eyed faces of sadistic ecstasy. Nu Atheism (TM) used to be at the vanguard of hate movements (islamophobia and misogyny), now our boys are coattail rydaz. Fucking pitiful, bro.
EDIT TO ADD: These people will always have a profit motive for hate speech. See how much money Richard Carrier was able to drum up just from people who hate progressive atheism – a pitifully small pool of donors. But before the dollars run out, they might be dissuaded from hate speech by the worm turning on its popularity. Some day our activism will pay off and mainstream people will look on the transphobia of this historic moment with absolute disgust. On that day, easy money cowards like these two will try to backpedal and make excuses for how they were. I will live to see this, and it gives me some comfort.