Channing Tatum is addressing Dave Chappelle’s controversial new Netflix special, in which the comedian makes anti-trans jokes.
Tatum took to Instagram Stories to make a statement about the situation on Sunday.
“I understand that Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about at the moment,” he wrote. “I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people with things he has said.”
Tatum continued, “Any human can hurt someone (usually cause they’re hurt) but any human can heal and heal others just the same. This little piece healed me back in the day. I can’t forget that.”
The “Magic Mike” star’s post included a link to a speech that Chappelle made while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center back in 2019.
“I was a soft kid,” says Chappelle in the video. “I was sensitive, I’d cry easy and I would be scared to fistfight. My mother used to tell me this thing… ’Son, sometimes you have to be a lion so you can be the lamb you really are.’ I talk this s**t like a lion. I’m not afraid of any of you. When it comes word to word, I will gab with the best of them, just so I can chill and be me.”
“And that’s why I love my art form, because I understand every practitioner of it. Whether I agree with them or not, I know where they’re coming from. They want to be heard. They’ve got something to say. There’s something they noticed. They just want to be understood. I loved this genre. It saved my life.”
Tatum emphasized that Chappelle’s work “does not excuse anything hurtful to be clear.”
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On Sunday (October 17), the 41-year-old Magic Mike actor took to social media to weigh in on the situation.
“I understand that Dave is a very dangerous person to talk about at the moment,” Channing wrote on his Instagram Story. “I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people with things he has said.”
He added, “Any human can hurt someone (usually cause they’re hurt) but any human can heal and heal others just the same. This little piece healed me back in the day. I can’t forget that.”
Along with his message, Channing shared a link to a speech Dave made while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center back in 2019.
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Channing Tatum Gets His Magic Mike On as He Dances for His Fans: ‘Getting Back in the Saddle’
Channing Tatum posted a series of clips to Instagram showing him “getting back in the saddle” and dancing again
Channing Tatum is dancing his way into the weekend.
The actor, 41, flaunted his best Magic Mike moves on his Instagram Story Thursday, telling fans he was dusting off his dance skills for the first time in years. Tatum posted multiple clips of himself dancing while wearing khakis, a matching t-shirt and beanie, plus white sneakers.
In all of the clips featured in his Stories, Tatum dances alone in a room with what appear to be flashing lights behind him while an R&B track plays in the background.
“So here we go, weekend one of exploring and getting back in the saddle,” he wrote on top of the first dance clip included in his Stories. “I haven’t danced in years,” he added. “And dance has moved on so much since then. I decided to document the exploration so I could see it. As well and some people just thing you can dance or you can’t.”
Tatum continued, “I’m here to tell you that is not true if you want to you can move and hear the music. This is gonna be slow journey but welcome.”
In the fourth slide showing him dancing, he wrote, “Kids hear and feel the music so well today. I’ve been working at different things lately. So let’s go. Session one.”
His final slide only featured text with the words, “Sloppy floor work but was tired ahah.” He added, “I’ll probably regret in the morning. F— sake. But life always an exploration. Let’s go.”
Tatum has a long history with dance, dating back to his days as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. Since then, he’s appeared as a backup dancer in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video, and later played Tyler Gage in his breakout role in 2006’s Step Up. Tatum reprised his role in the Step Up sequel, but his stardom reached a new level with the premiere of Magic Mike, which hit theaters in 2012.
Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor, producer, and dancer.
(born April 26, 1980)
Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience.
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Magic Mike is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.
The plot revolves around Adam, a 19-year-old who enters the world of male stripping, guided by Mike Lane, who has been in the business for six years.
Channing Tatum addresses Dave Chappelle controversy: ‘I understand and hate that he has hurt so many people’
Though he noted that it’s “very dangerous” to do so, Channing Tatum has waded into the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s new special for Netflix and accusations that it includes harmful 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 has caused with his latest special, The Closer, in which he describes himself as “Team TERF,” as in trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
Tatum’s post included a link — reposted from comic D.L. Hughley — to Chappelle’s 2019 speech at the Kennedy Center to accept the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which the Magic Mike star credited with helping him.
David Khari Webber Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer.
(/ʃəˈpɛl/; born August 24, 1973)
He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards as well as the Mark Twain Prize. He is known for his satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle’s Show (2003–2006). The series, co-written with Neal Brennan, ran until Chappelle quit the show in the middle of production of the third season. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S.
By 2006, Chappelle was called the “comic genius of America” by Esquire and, in 2013, “the best” by a Billboard writer.
In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their “50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time”.