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Billy Eichner and Mae Martin Call Out Dave Chappelle in New LGBTQ+ Netflix Special

The comics skewered Netflix's support for Chappelle in their Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration sets.
  • Mae Martin and Billy Eichner in Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration (Photos: Netflix)
    Mae Martin and Billy Eichner in Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration (Photos: Netflix)

    Billy Eichner and Mae Martin slam Netflix in the streamer's new stand-up special, Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration. In the special, released Thursday, the two comedians call out Netflix for continuing to support Dave Chappelle amid the controversy surrounding his anti-trans jokes.

    "We all know how backwards and dangerous the 'Don't Say Gay' laws are," Eichner says in the special, which was taped at the Netflix Is a Joke Festival — where Chappelle also headlined — in May. "Queer people, and especially trans people, are under legislative attack in this country. Trans people are being demeaned. They're trying to dehumanize trans people. They're trying to erase trans people. And I'm not even talking about Florida. I'm talking about Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special!"

    During Martin's set, the comedian jokes that the gender identity spectrum can be explained using characters from Beauty and the Beast, with Gaston as the example for "hyper-masculine" and Belle on the opposite end. "In the middle of the spectrum, you have the candlestick. I really relate to the candlestick. They're awesome," says Martin. "And obviously, the more you empower Lumière, the more fun Gaston and Belle are gonna have. Lumière is like, 'Be my guest!'"

    "I have this fantasy that Chappelle and Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais — any kind of multi-millionaire who uses their massive platform to punch down — they're eating a hog roast," Martin continues. "They're ripping off the meat. They're drinking goblets of that medieval drink, mead. They turn on the TV, and they see me doing my little Beauty and the Beast joke, and suddenly they're like, 'Oh my god. We're wrong.' And they gently cradle each other. They kiss each other."

    Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration also features Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, Rosie O’Donnell, River Butcher, and many more.

    Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration is available to stream on Netflix.

    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration, Netflix, Billy Eichner, Dave Chappelle, Mae Martin, LGBTQ, Netflix Is A Joke Fest