“I understand and hate that he hurt so many people”
Although he noted that it was “very dangerous” to do so, Channing Tatum immersed himself in the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s new special for Netflix and the accusations that it contains damaging transphobic remarks.
In a statement posted to Instagram Stories on Sunday, Tatum appeared to both show appreciation for Chappelle’s past work while acknowledging the “hurt” the comedian caused with his latest special, The closest, in which he describes himself as “Team TERF”, as in trans-exclusionist radical feminist.
Tatum’s post included a link – reposted from DL Hughley comic – at Chappelle’s 2019 Kennedy Center speech to accept the Mark Twain Prize for American Comedy, which the Magic mike star credited with helping him.
“I understand Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about right now,” Tatum wrote. “I understand and hate that he hurt so many people with things he said.
“Any human can hurt someone (usually because they’re hurt) but any human can heal and heal others the same way,” he continued. “That little lump healed me back then. I can’t forget it.”
The clip shows Chappelle sharing the advice his mother gave him when he was a “sensitive” child.
“I was a sweet kid,” the comedian says in the clip. “I was sensitive, I cried easily and was afraid to fight with fists. My mother would tell me this thing… ‘Son, sometimes you have to be a lion to be able to be the lamb that you really are.’ I talk about this shit like a lion. I’m not afraid of any of you. When it comes word for word, I’ll chat with the best of them, just so I can relax and being me.
“And that’s why I love my art form, because I understand all practitioners. Whether I agree with them or not, I know where they are from. They want to be heard. They have something. something to say There’s something they noticed They just want to be understood I loved this genre It saved my life.
Tatum added that his admiration for Chappelle’s past work “doesn’t excuse nothing hurtful [though] to be clear.”