Channing Tatum is addressing the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle and his Netflix special The Closer.
If you missed it, the 48-year-old comedian is facing backlash after making anti-trans and LGBTQIA+ statements in his new comedy special.
On Sunday (October 17), the 41-year-old Magic Mike actor took to social media to weigh in on the situation.
“I understand that Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about at the moment,” Channing wrote on his Instagram Story. “I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people with things he has said.”
He added, “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.”
Along with his message, Channing shared a link to a speech Dave made while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center back in 2019.
“I was a soft kid,” Dave says in the video. “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.’ I talk this s–t like a lion. I’m not afraid of any of you. When it comes word to word, I will gab with the best of them, just so I can chill and be me.”
Dave continued, “And that’s why I love my art form, because I understand every practitioner of it. Whether I agree with them or not, I know where they’re coming from. They want to be heard. They’ve got something to say. There’s something they noticed. They just want to be understood. I loved this genre. It saved my life.”
Channing also emphasized that the clip of Dave he shared “does not excuse anything hurtful tho to be clear.”
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