Comedian Patton Oswalt mocked for lengthy apology after taking a picture with Dave Chappelle

Comedian Patton Oswalt suffered a backlash after trying to defend his photo with fellow comedian Dave Chapelle.

The initial controversy began on Friday after Oswalt posted a photo with Chapelle, writing about how Chapelle invited him to perform a guest set on New Years Eve.

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“I said goodbye to this hellish year with a genius I started acting with 34 years ago,” Oswalt wrote.

The Instagram photo was quickly criticized by people slamming Oswalt over the backlash Chapel received on her Netflix special “The Closer” from people in the transgender community. Chappelle has been called a “transphobic” for his past comments on “gender is a fact” and declaring himself a “TERF team”.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Patton Oswalt attends the 33rd American Film Library Awards Honoring Charlize Theron at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 08, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth / WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 08: Patton Oswalt attends the 33rd American Film Library Awards Honoring Charlize Theron at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 08, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth / WireImage)
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A day after his original post, Oswalt posted a lengthy explanation for the photo. While defending his friendship with Chapelle, he also stressed that they “disagree 100% on the rights and representation of transgender people.”

“But we also disagree 100% on the rights and representation of transgender people. I support the rights of trans people – the rights of EVERYBODY – to live safely in the world as they fully are. things he’s helped Me evolve on, I’ll always disagree with where he stands NOW on transgender issues. But I don’t believe a researcher like him has finished evolving, learning either. ” , wrote Oswalt.

He also apologized for the original post and promised some “growth” through this process.

As the second post continued to receive backlash from Progressive supporters, others mocked Oswalt for appearing to distance himself from Chapelle in an effort to appease the Liberal crowd.

(Araya Doheny / Getty Images / Netflix)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted: “To publicly denounce a longtime friend about political differences in order to satiate a crowd of angry foreigners is pretty rude, but – as was quite predictable – this pitiful penance meant that the crowd smelled of blood in the water, and they attacked more because it was not enough.

“We live in a time of fear and self-deprecation,” wrote Rich Lowry, editor of National Review.

Conservative radio host Larry Elder described him as “the tolerant’s intolerance.”

Dave Chappelle: The closest.  vs.  Mathieu Bitton

Dave Chappelle: The closest. vs. Mathieu Bitton
(Mathieu Bitton / Netflix)

Chapelle has repeatedly faced backlash for his comments and even inspired several Netflix employees to quit their jobs in protest. Despite this, Chapelle and Netflix confirmed last month that he would appear in a new 11-day stand-up comedy festival hosted by the streaming platform.

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