John Mulaney faces criticism after Dave Chappelle opens for him and tells transgender jokes

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John Mulaney is taking some heat after Dave Chappelle opened for him in Ohio and told jokes that some audience members found to be transphobic and homophobic.

The Saturday Night Live alum, 39, held a show on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio and brought out the legendary comedian Chappelle to open the show, TMZ reported.

The audience had their phones locked in pouches so they couldn’t record any of the show, but fans who attended took to Twitter afterwards to voice their displeasure.

Not the first time: Chappelle's jokes about the transgender community have landed him in hot water on several occasion (pictured 2021)

Backlash: John Mulaney is taking heat after Dave Chappelle opened for him in Ohio and told some reportedly transphobic and homophobic jokes (pictured 2020). It’s not the first time Chappelle’s jokes have gotten

One fan wrote sarcastically, ‘my favorite part of tonight was when dave chappelle ambushed us at the john mulaney show, told a bunch of transphobic jokes, a massive stadium of people laughed, and then john mulaney hugged him at the end.’

The fan, who identified as transgender later on in his series of tweets, said he ‘can safely say I am not a fan of mulaney’s anymore.’

Another attendee wrote, ‘okay so tell me why I just went to the John Mulaney show and Dave Chappelle was a surprise opener and made not only a transphobic joke but a homophobic one.’

‘y’all ever hear ~12,000 people laugh at a transphobic joke, while you’re a trans person in the audience who didn’t know the transphobic comedian would make a surprise appearance at the John Mulaney show? yeah wasn’t fun. f*** you DC,’ another audience member wrote.

Frustrated: Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at having to sit throw Chappelle's set

Frustrated: Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at having to sit throw Chappelle’s set

Surprised: One fan seemed genuinely surprised about why Chappelle was brought out onstage

Surprised: One fan seemed genuinely surprised about why Chappelle was brought out onstage

Not happy: One fan seemed angry that they were forced to sit through the controversial comedian's set

Not happy: One fan seemed angry that they were forced to sit through the controversial comedian’s set

Forgetting his fans?  Another person who went to the show pointed out that Mulaney had a strong LGBTQ+ fanbase and found that having Chappelle open for him was 'just deeply disappointing and upsetting'

Forgetting his fans? Another person who went to the show pointed out that Mulaney had a strong LGBTQ+ fanbase and found that having Chappelle open for him was ‘just deeply disappointing and upsetting’

Another person who went to the show pointed out that Mulaney had a strong LGBTQ+ fanbase and found that having Chappelle open for him was ‘just deeply disappointing and upsetting.’

Though it doesn’t appear that anyone filmed Chappelle’s performance, one fan tried to give the Twitterverse a sort of play-by-play of the jokes that were told.

The user wrote, ‘Dave Chapelle @ John Mulaney OH thread: gonna shoot this off into the great ethereal since i was at the John Mulaney show tonight: -Yes, Chapelle was there. -He made one transphobic joke, the joke was one line after one line of setup and it went as followed: “I mean, it wasn’t a gun, it was a knife! A gun that identifies as a knife?” He then paused, smiled a bit, and moved on quickly.”

‘- The homophobic joke was him saying “maybe you two are gay, I don’t know, nothing wrong with that if that’s the case.”‘

While that user argued that Mulaney may have only had Chappelle open for him because he lived locally and ‘the tour is funded by Netflix,’ so he may not have had a final say on the matter, another user was quick to point out that Chappelle had reportedly opened for Mulaney at a different show last month.

Trying to fill in the blanks: Though it doesn't appear that anyone got a video of Chappelle's performance, one fan tried to give the Twitterverse a sort of play-by-play of the jokes that were told

Trying to fill in the blanks: Though it doesn’t appear that anyone got a video of Chappelle’s performance, one fan tried to give the Twitterverse a sort of play-by-play of the jokes that were told

Joke about gender fluidity: 'He made one transphobic joke, the joke was one line after one line of setup and it went as followed: ¿I mean, it wasn'ta gun, it was a knife!  A gun that identifies as a knife?¿'

Joke about gender fluidity: ‘He made one transphobic joke, the joke was one line after one line of setup and it went as followed: “I mean, it wasn’t a gun, it was a knife! A gun that identifies as a knife?”’

Passing the buck?  While that user argued that Mulaney may have only had Chappelle open for him because 'the tour is funded by Netflix,' another user was quick to point out that Chappelle had reportedly opened for Mulaney last month

Passing the buck? While that user argued that Mulaney may have only had Chappelle open for him because ‘the tour is funded by Netflix,’ another user was quick to point out that Chappelle had reportedly opened for Mulaney last month

Joking about his attack: The Chappelle Show star's joke about gender fluidity referenced an incident that took place late last month when he was tackled by a man at the Hollywood Bowl who had a knife shaped like a gun with him

Joking about his attack: The Chappelle Show star’s joke about gender fluidity referenced an incident that took place late last month when he was tackled by a man at the Hollywood Bowl who had a knife shaped like a gun with him

In addition, accounts seem to vary on how many offensive jokes the comedian told at the event with some fans saying ‘a bunch’ and others seeming to think it was less.

Chappelle’s jokes about the transgender community have landed him in hot water on several occasions. Back in 2021, his Netflix special The Closer received criticism for jokes he made defending previous anti-trans statements from author JK Rowling and rapper DaBaby.

The Chappelle Show star’s joke about gender fluidity when opening for Mulaney on Friday referenced an incident that took place late last month when he was tackled by a man at the Hollywood Bowl who had a knife shaped like a gun with him.

Chappelle stirred up more controversy right after being tackled when he joked that his assailant, now identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was a transgender man.

Though he’s receiving quite a bit of criticism, John Mulaney has not yet made a public statement regarding the Washington DC native’s appearance at the show.

Keeping mum: Though he's receiving quite a bit of criticism, John Mulaney has not yet made a public statement regarding the Washington DC native's appearance at the show (Left to right: Elaine Chappelle, Dave, Mulaney, Olivia Munn) pictured 2021

Keeping mum: Though he’s receiving quite a bit of criticism, John Mulaney has not yet made a public statement regarding the Washington DC native’s appearance at the show (Left to right: Elaine Chappelle, Dave, Mulaney, Olivia Munn) pictured 2021

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