That reminds me... My hot take on Chappelle's special didn't post for some reason, and I forgot to repost.
I strongly believe no topic is off limits, but if you are going to make a joke about the Newtown school shooting victims, or the Holocaust or something like that, you better craft a damned good joke. I've been persuaded by several comedians that being offended on behalf of someone is more offensive to that person or group than the actual joke. For example, a comedian (can't remember who) was talking about a show where he was heckled by a guy in a wheelchair with MS or some other debilitating chronic illness. The comedian responded before seeing the heckler, then decided fuck it, and treated the heckler the same way he would treat a heckler who wasn't visibly disabled. The jokes were brutal and despicable, and the comedian said the heckler thanked him after the show and said he had the best night. If the crowd defended the heckler or were offended on his behalf, the crowd would have made him feel inferior and in need of defending, and that would have been more degrading.
That said, I felt Chappelle's jokes about Transgendered people were mean spirited and coming from a place not quite of hate, but definitely from willful ignorance and a desire to refuse to understand the Transgender experience. His jokes weren't making light of their experience, but were punching down and offending the core nature of who they are, and saying who they are shouldn't be normalized or accepted. That is fucked up. I still like Chappelle, but I don't like where he took that part of his act. At all. And his line about feeling Chinese shows he doesn't understand Transgender people and chooses to boast his ignorance. There are real medical reasons for people identifying as a different gender than their labelled sex, but he chooses to ignore that and joke that they choose how they identify. I'm not for "cancelling" Chappelle, that shit is stupid, but I didn't find the bit funny, and I came away thinking Chappelle is ignorant and dismissive. I think this way made worse, as some people in the audience started whooping before Chappelle even hit the punchline. He'd set up "I'm about to bash Transgendered people," pause, and the crowd whooped. That was out of hate or ignorance.
I did like a lot of the second half of the show, and loved the Q&A after the special, that was cool. And his story about getting a drink with the Transgendered woman after the show made him seem a little more tolerant.
An honest to God cult of personality - formed around a failed steak salesman.