Fat Joe Defends Dave Chappelle Amid Transphobic Joke Controversy
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The rapper's comments arrive after the comedian's stand-up show in Minneapolis was canceled last week, just hours before he was set to perform, due to social media backlash.

AceShowbiz - Fat Joe thinks that people should give Dave Chappelle a break. In an interview on Monday, July 25, the rapper shared his opinion on the comedian, who has been receiving backlash from LGBTQ+ community over his transphobic joke.

When asked about Dave's stand-up, Joe told TMZ, "They love him. They love him. Everybody gotta take the time out and laugh." He went on to say, "When it's a comedian we look at it as fun humor laughter. Of course there's some sensitive issues that our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community are facing which is fear, people beating 'em up for no reason."

"All types of things that are happening to 'em unfairly, but I don't think Dave Chappelle making fun of them or me, I just laugh, you know? And I take it for what it is," he went on to opine.

Fat Joe also shared, "You mess around and walk into the comedy club after they already started and you try to get to your seat, they gonna tear you up for about a half hour," before calling comedy "a relief." He added, "It's always made fun of everything. Sometimes it's too soon…but other than that, I love comedy. I love to laugh and that's the beauty of comedy…he's just being a comedian."

Fat Joe's comments arrived after Dave's stand-up show in Minneapolis was canceled last week, just hours before the comedian was set to perform, due to social media backlash. First Avenue, the iconic venue where Dave was supposed to perform, announced that the show would not be taking place at their theater and was instead moving to Varsity Theater.

In an Instagram post, the venue explained, "To staff, artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls."

"The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have," the statement continued.

More recently, Dave made a surprise appearance at Madison Square Garden, opening for Chris Rock and Kevin Hart with a set that lasted more than 20 minutes. During his performance, Dave briefly addressed his situation as saying, "Despite what you may have read about in the news, I'm okay. I appreciate the support."

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