Retiring U.S. women’s soccer team star Megan Rapinoe issued a harsh rebuke to comedian Dave Chappelle for his jokes about transgenderism. She charged he “directly” incited violence against the community through his humor.
In an interview with Time magazine, Rapinoe went straight after the embattled comedian for recent monologues.
She told the outlet, “Dave Chappelle making jokes about trans people directly leads to violence, whether it’s verbal or otherwise.” She claimed that people hear his jokes and determine how they will interact with trans people for the rest of their lives.
Megan Rapinoe blamed Dave Chappelle and comedy for violence against trans people.
Yet, she didn't provide a single shred of evidence.
— OutKick (@Outkick) July 11, 2023
Remarkably, as a female athlete Rapinoe slammed attempts to keep biological males from taking positions in women’s sports. She might feel differently if her chance to make the USWNT was snatched away by a man pretending to be a woman.
She added that she would have no issue welcoming a transgender woman on the national team.
The star said that arguments that biological males are taking the places of “real women” are transphobic. “I see trans women as real women.”
Rapinoe skewered people who protest women losing their spots to biological males. “What you’re saying automatically in the argument — you’re sort of telling on yourself already — is that you don’t believe these people are women.” Exactly.
Rapinoe called it “frustrating” that women’s athletics is “weaponized.” She claimed that those backing excluding biological males from participating are just now discovering their concern for female athletes.
She announced earlier in July that this upcoming World Cup will be her last as she is retiring from the NWSL.
Rapinoe gained notoriety, certainly not all positive, for being the first White female athlete to take a knee for the national anthem during the 2016 Colin Kaepernick protests.
Chappelle has endured harsh criticism from trans supporters since his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer.” At that time he launched a spirited defense of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who had the nerve to recognize there are only two genders.
The comedian defended himself by noting that he has several trans friends and that he respects everyone.
What Rapinoe and others who attempt to shut down Chappelle are declaring is that discussion is not allowed. It is settled, they insist, that a man may become a woman by simply wishing to be.