We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate.
Here’s what happened today:
Comedian Dave Chappelle isn’t worried about backlash from critics of his Netflix special, “The Closer.” During the screening of his documentary “Untitled,” he laughed off the calls for his cancelation in front of the sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
“If this is what being cancelled is about, I love it,” Chappelle exclaimed. “I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf***er.”
“F*** Twitter, this is real life,” he continued, adding that Americans should “trust one another” to conquer the partisan divide of the country. “This is the kindness conspiracy.”
Chappelle sparked liberal outrage for stating that “gender is a fact,” and defending “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who has effectively been canceled for referring to herself as a trans-exclusionary radical feminist. “I’m team TERF. I agree,” he said during the set.
The transgender showrunner of Neflix series “Dear White People” resigned in protest of Chappelle’s involvement with the streaming platform.
”I told the story of my transition for @netflix and @most’s Pride week,” Jaclyn Moore posted on Twitter Oct. 6. “It’s a network that’s been my home on @DearWhitePeople. I’ve loved working there. I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”
Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he's a TERF. He compared my existence to someone doing blackface. He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad.
— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021
But Moore’s exit ended up shocking many black Twitter users, who had no idea that the show was helmed by a white transgender woman.
“Wait a f***in minute. The show ‘dear white people’, which is supposedly about black ppl’s struggles & has a 90s soundtrack has a lead producer that is non-black??? & wants to boycott a black man???” one user tweeted.
“I’m so happy that the trans woman who is behind “Dear White People” tried to virtue signal against Dave Chapelle, and now people are finding out this person is white. Talk about backfiring. lol,” another critic shot back.
Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac revealed the segregation he faces as an unvaccinated NBA player. The power forward, who has already contracted COVID-19, said the league is free to make any regulations they please, and he’ll follow them, but doesn’t think they’re well thought out.
“It doesn’t logically follow for us then, to jump on the court, or for me to be at a different locker room than my teammates, but then follow into the same tunnel and to go out to the game,” he remarked in an interview.
Isaac said one of the major restrictions is being excluded from team functions. “If the team is eating in a restaurant, I can’t eat in the same room as them,” he continued. “To me, it just doesn’t logically follow for us then to get on the court together.”
He believes he’s protected from “natural immunity” after contracting the virus, but noted that getting vaccinated should be a personal choice. “It’s your decision to take that step to say you know what, I want this vaccine to help protect me,” he concluded. “I hope to protect the people around me, but it should be everyone’s right.”
“Fuller House” star Candace Cameron Bure isn’t an anti-vaxxer, but she is against vaccine mandates.
The actress took to Instagram on Thursday to share a series of images that started with the phrase “I’m not anti-v” and prompted users to select “Same” or “Exactly,” to the captions “pro-medical freedom,” “pro-informed consent,” “pro-immune system,” “pro-early intervention” and “pro-sunlight, exercise, real food, & vitamins.”
“This. This is not about what I am against. This is what I am FOR. Read and understand the distinction,” she wrote. “This mama is holding the line and standing up for freedom.”
“This should not separate us,” she continued. “We can have different opinions and still respect and love one another. Be bigger than that!”
While most repliers were thrilled that Bure is a “celebrity who isn’t afraid to speak the truth,” some reacted with scathing criticism of her remarks.
“Are you also pro-masking? Pro- putting others at risk? Pro-unstable healthcare systems, and pro- “my freedom is more important than your life”?” One follower criticized. “I’m for… talking to my Doctor and getting advice from him. No one else,” wrote another.
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is under fire for using a “racial trope” in a 2011 email.
Gruden reportedly sent the email to the president of the Washington Football Team, about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” Gruden allegedly wrote. The coach has since apologized for the remark.
“I was upset, I used a horrible way of explaining it,” Gruden said. “I don’t think he’s dumb. I don’t think he’s a liar, I don’t have a racial bone in my body, and I’ve proven that for 58 years.” He also claimed that he has referred to people he believed to be lying as having “rubber lips.”
Smith countered that he believes the terminology was definitely racist. “This is not the first racist comment that I’ve heard and it probably will not be the last,” Smith refuted. “This is a thick-skin job for someone with dark skin, just like it always has been for many people who look like me and work in corporate America.”
“You know people are sometimes saying things behind your back that are racist just like you see people talk and write about you using thinly coded and racist language,” he continued. “Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs.”
Las Vegas Raiders’ owner Mark Davis said the organization was reviewing the “disturbing” email.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 8, 2021
R&B singer R. Kelly’s record sales have soared since a jury convicted him of sexual exploitation, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking on Sept. 27.
The week following his guilty verdict, the “Ignition” singer’s “on-demand audio streams were up 22%,” and “video streams were up 23% compared to the previous seven days.”
Despite the horrific charges against him, Kelly’s music has been spiking since his 2019 arrest. “In 2017, Kelly was averaging around 5.4 million on-demand audio streams per week, and this year he’s averaged around 6.4 million,” Rolling Stone reported.
A Missouri woman filed a lawsuit against Geico for contracting a sexually transmitted disease when she had sex with a man in a car that was covered by the auto insurer.
According to the plaintiff, she contracted HPV while having unprotected sex in a Hyundai Genesis in 2017, and entered into legal talks with her ex-partner that would allow her to collect $5.2 million in damages, which a state court ruled “she can collect, if at all, only from GEICO.”
The woman is now seeking a $1 million payout from the insurance company, but Geico has filed a countersuit accusing the then couple of “conspiring to capitalize on a sordid situation that they themselves created.”
“[The woman’s] alleged damages have no nexus to the ownership, maintenance, or covered use of the 2014 Hyundai Genesis,” court documents read. “In other words, the vehicle’s covered use did not cause M.O.’s alleged injuries; instead, her injuries arose from an intervening cause—namely, her failure to prevent transmission of STDs by having unprotected sex.”