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“The Dreamer”: Lil Nas X Responds To Dave Chapelle’s Jokes About Him In Recent Special

BY Abena Dzaka January 4, 2024 6:36 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Facebook @Dave Chappelle and Lil Nas X

The Dreamer, Dave Chapelle’s most recent Netflix comedy special which debuted on December 31, 2023, has already featured numerous awkward moments from the comedian.

Chapelle made jokes regarding Lil Nas X’s 2021 hit during one segment of the special.

In the joke, Chapelle asks a child what they want to be when they grow up, but the child won’t say because they think the “other kids” will make fun of them. He keeps encouraging the child, and at last, they respond with “Little Nas X.”

“That n**** stood up in front of the whole class… I want to be the gayest n**** that ever lived.” He continued: “I want to do a music video, slide down a stripper pole into the depths of hell, and suck the devil’s dick at 10 o’clock on BET while all the kids are awake and they can see me.”

“Shockingly, that was the only dream that worked out,” he continued.

Lil Nas X took to his official X/Twitter page to address the joke. “Yall gotta let me call you by your name. Me and the devil broke up three years ago. yall acting like children of divorce” wrote the singer.

Chapelle discussed his first encounter with the singer in another segment of the special.

He declared, “I’ve met many strong dreamers in my life, but none more powerful than a man who calls himself Lil Nas X. I know a dreamer when I see one.”

“I met this n**** at a party,” he said. I didn’t know who he was. However, as soon as he entered that party, I realized I was living his dream. At the party, everyone was a celebrity and a dreamer, but when that n**** entered, he was dressed like CP3O. He was radiant. And everyone exclaimed, “Oh my god, that’s Lil Nas X right there.”

Along with targeting disabled people, he also addressed his past controversy with the trans community.

He laughed and said, “I’m not fucking with those people anymore,” acknowledging his earlier remarks on the matter.

After stating that he had “a whole new angle,” Chappelle continued, saying, “I ain’t doing trans jokes anymore. What do I do tonight, do you know? I’m performing all the jokes about handicaps tonight. I enjoy punching down, and they’re not as organized as the gay community.”

In a previous special called What’s In A Name, Chappelle addressed the criticism of his jokes about transgender people and said that those who disapproved of them were ignoring his “artistic nuance.”