Critics are questioning whether cancel culture has disappeared after Dave Chappelle was nominated for a Grammy Award despite facing backlash for his comments on transgender people in his Netflix special, The Closer.
The Grammy nominations come just one month after Chappelle faced calls to be canceled over jokes made in the stand-up special which was almost entirely centered around members of the LGBTQ community.
The comedian courted controversy with his jokes in which he asserts ‘gender is a fact,’ and criticizes what he says is the thin skin of the trans community.
The jokes were based upon earlier observations made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling‘s who in 2019 stated that transgender women were not actually women and were a threat to her identity.
His Grammy nomination is for the Netflix special, 8:46, in the best spoken word album category.
In the wake of the backlash, LGBTQ activists slammed Chappelle for his jokes about the trans community and transgender employees at Netflix staged a walkout to protest the streaming service for airing the special.
Chappelle’s upcoming documentary was also pulled by distributors and invites to film festivals were rescinded.
Critics are questioning cancel culture after Marilyn Manson, Dave Chappelle (pictured) and Louis C.K. were nominated for Grammy Awards despite having previously been ‘cancelled’
Several social media users have applauded the nominations, mocking cancel culture – or rather the lack thereof
Last month, responding to backlash over The Closer, Chappelle posted a one-minute video posted to Instagram, saying: ‘To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone’s demands, and if you want to meet with me, I am more than willing to, but I have some conditions…’
‘First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.
‘Am I cancelled or not? Then let’s go!’ Chappelle yelled at the end of the video.
Marilyn Manson (pictured), who was accused of sexual and psychological abuse by more than a dozen women, stands to collect Album of the Year trophy for his work as both a featured artist and songwriter on Kanye West’s 10th album, Donda
Meanwhile other personalities, including Marilyn Manson and Louis C.K. who have both been accused of sexual harassment have also been nominated.
Manson was nominated for Album of the Year alongside DaBaby for their work on Kanye West’s album, Donda.
Nine months ago, more than a dozen women, including Evan Rachel Wood and Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco, accused Manson, 52, of sexual assault.
Bianco sued Manson in April, claiming he abused her dating back to 2007, with the lawsuit alleging she, ‘suffered due to the deterioration of her mental health.’
The artist – real name Brian Hugh Warner – has denied all of the allegations, claiming his relationships were ‘entirely consensual.’
He quietly married his longtime girlfriend, photographer Lindsay Usich, in the fall of 2020.
The singer made headlines in February when singer Phoebe Bridgers claimed she visited Manson’s home as a teenager, and he referred to one room in his house as, ‘the rape room.’
Another victim claimed he had a small, soundproof glass enclosure called the Bad Girls’ Room in his West Hollywood apartment that he used to lock up women he was dating. The victims claimed he used the space as a ‘solitary confinement cell, used to psychologically torture women.’
In 2017, Louis C.K. was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by five women
The Academy also nominated Louis C.K.’s Sincerely Louis for Best Comedy Album, despite the sexual misconduct allegations against the comedian – which he previously admitted were true.
In 2017, Louis C.K. was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by five women in a New York Times expose.
One day after those women came forward, he confirmed the allegations in a statement: ‘I want to address the stories told to The New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.
‘These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d*** without asking first, which is also true.
‘But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d*** isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.’
The comedian’s reputation has seemingly improved over the last few years as he did receive a standing ovation at a show in 2019.
Manson was nominated with rapper DaBaby (pictured), an album co-collaborator, who was also ‘cancelled’ over alleged homophobic remarks
Rapper DaBaby came under fire for homophobic comments he made in July at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival.
DaBaby, 29, was addressing the crowd during his set when he encouraged them to raise their mobile phones in the air – unless they were HIV-positive or gay men who had had sex with another man in a car park.
He apologized for the comments in an Instagram post that was later deleted. He was also dropped from the lineups at both Governors Ball and Lollapalooza.
The Grammy nominations have caused quite a stir on social media, mostly from individuals criticizing the existence of cancel culture.
‘Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Kanye, DaBaby, and Marilyn Manson all nominated for Grammys today. Still waiting for “Cancel Culture” to be real,’ Jilliam Sederholm tweeted.
‘Louis C.K. is nominated for a Grammy and Mel Gibson is directing Lethal Weapon 5,’ wrote Twitter user @donniecash818. ‘Being cancelled is a myth made up by Fox News to drive the culture war.’
‘That cancel culture is really running amok isn’t it? I mean Marilyn Manson & Louis C.K even got nominated for Grammy’s. The snow flakes are ruining everything,’ added @DrewDamian.
The Grammy nominations have caused quite a stir on social media, mostly from individuals criticizing the existence of cancel culture. However, some individuals have expressed their disappointment in the Academy
However, some individuals expressed their disappointment in the Academy.
‘Marilyn Manson and Louis CK were both nominated for Grammies today. A long time ago I used to keep a running document of all the accolades and new jobs that were given to men who had been publicly accused of sexual abuse, but it got too long and became corrosive to my soul,’ wrote Moira Donegan.
‘Yeah, the Grammy nominations are a bigger joke than usual this year. The fact that Louis C.K., Marilyn Manson, and DaBaby have all been nominated speaks volumes about how A) the #MeToo movement is not being taken seriously, and B) cancel culture doesn’t exist,’ said user @aidan_whatman.
‘Oh, that’s fun, Kayne West secured fresh nominations for Chris Brown, Marilyn Manson, and DaBaby! Wait, not fun, I mean terrible. They’re all terrible people and the Grammys are terrible,’ @maxrbever stated.