As Grammy nominations rolled in on Tuesday, some fans who had written off Dave Chappelle after his transphobic remarks in his Netflix special The Closer, were surprised when his name was called for a Grammy nomination. That led to a debate over whether or not “cancel culture” is real.
Chappelle received a nom not for comedy but for Best Spoken Word Album, for 8:46, a special that was also made for the streaming service that tackled the systemic racism surrounding the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. Chappelle will be going up against former President Barack Obama in the category for his A Promised Land.
Chappelle who is seemingly unbothered by being “canceled” told a crowd after his special The Closer dropped (per Uproxx): “If this is what being canceled is like, I love it.”
The comedian wasn’t the only celeb that came under attack for previous misconducts that too also landed them a Grammy nom Tuesday. Fellow comedian Louis C.K. who had sexual misconduct allegations in 2017 received a Grammy nom for his comedy album Sincerely Louis C.K. as well as Kevin Hart whose past homophobic comments led him to drop out of the 2019 Oscars hosting gig will also be competing in the same category with Zero F***s Given.
Look how Twitter is responding to “cancel culture.”