In a segment featuring Chris Cuomo and Bill Maher on “Real Time” Wednesday night, the CNN anchor and the “Real Time” host didn’t see eye to eye about whether Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, “Equanimity,” had targeted the transgender community.
The podcast was “Equanimity” by Chappelle, a “badass” writer, Maher said.
“He basically took a sip of whiskey and said, ‘How come when you hear about a black woman being murdered it’s different?’”
Chappelle answered, “Just because a person is black doesn’t mean they are automatically guilty, if they’re innocent.”
“I find that really helpful in the world because everybody thinks they have a right to know everything that people say about them,” Maher said. “It’s not a right to know everybody’s business.”
“No, it’s not. It’s a privilege,” Cuomo replied.
But he said he found Chappelle’s statement on “Erica Garner,” whose mom Sandra wanted viewers to know that the Aug. 9, 2014, chokehold that fatally took her daughter’s life, was completely different from whomever said it was a choking.
Chappelle’s comments, which also upset people such as Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused him of being “transphobic,” had nothing to do with money or power, Maher said.
“I find it curious that Bill has been so specific in his tweet that it’s specifically targeted to the transgender community.”
Maher and Cuomo also discussed the same potential buzzkill: Trolls. They came up with the names “Urban Stresslord.”
Bill Maher tells the media: “You guys have bad taste, you really have.” via @RealTimeCNN: https://t.co/N26aqZvAoM — Andrew DiLallo (@andrewddiliallo) May 3, 2016
Cuomo opened the segment by explaining that, not only had Chappelle, his audience and this show been trolling the trans community, but he also would be right there online trolling them with other opinions and people.
One of them, he said, was the writer Greg Gutfeld, who tweeted that Chappelle needed to quit drinking.
If it were me, I would quit drinking too. https://t.co/vCTNZrcfLh — Greg Gutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 30, 2016
“I want to come on and answer,” Cuomo said. “Are you sure you’re not joking?”