Joe Rogan Calls Dave Chappelle a 'Nice Person' and 'Not a Hateful Soul'

Joe Rogan came out in support of Dave Chappelle as Netflix employees staged a walkout on Wednesday in protest at some of the comedian's offensive content in his latest special for the streamer.

The podcasting giant stood up for his fellow comic in the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, where he discussed the Netflix controversy and told his millions of listeners that Chappelle is a "lovely person."

"He's just riding out the storm. He's not a homophobic or transphobic person. He makes fun of himself. It's fun, it's just making jokes. That doesn't mean hate," Rogan said.

"This is the problem with today. If you don't have an enemy, you make an enemy. As the level of people who truly hate you drops, you start looking for equilibrium and what you are upset about. And so now you're more upset about jokes. Now silence is violence. And now you can't just be this, you have to be that."

Rogan insisted that Chappelle is not a "hateful soul" and that he "loves everybody."

"If you get down to Dave Chappelle's real feelings, he's a lovely person," he said. "He's one of the nicest people I've ever met in my life. He loves everybody. He's not a hateful soul. He's just a guy that loves this art form called stand-up comedy."

Despite the backlash, Chappelle has remained unfazed and has publicly said: "If this is what being canceled is like, I love it."

During his Netflix special, The Closer, Chappelle commented that a trans woman's genitalia is "not quite what it is" and declared himself to be "team TERF."

TERF stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist.

The comedian added: "Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. This is a fact."

Another celebrity to defend Chappelle is Channing Tatum who took to Instagram to share a clip of the comedian and offer his own insight on the situation.

"I understand that Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about at the moment. I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people with the things he has said," the actor said.

"Any human can hurt someone (usually cause they're hurt) but any human can heal and heal others just the same. This little piece healed me back in the day. I can't forget that."

Tatum shared a clip of Chappelle speaking on stage at the Kennedy Center while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2019.

In the clip he says: "I was a soft kid. I was sensitive, I'd cry easy and I would be scared to fistfight. My mother used to tell me this thing: 'Son, sometimes you have to be a lion so you can be the lamb you really are.'"

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