Legendary musician Carlos Santana, known for his iconic rock anthems, recently made waves when he expressed his alignment with comedian Dave Chappelle’s controversial views on gender during a concert in Atlantic City. Here’s the full story.
An Influential Figure
With a career spanning decades and over 100 million records sold worldwide, Santana’s influence in the music industry is undeniable.
His View on Gender Identity
During his performance in Atlantic City, Santana offered an unexpected insight into his views on gender identity.
No in Between
In between songs, he said, “When God made you and me before we came out of the womb, you know who you are and what you are… a woman is a woman and a man is a man. That’s it.”
Grow Out of It
“Later on, when you grow out of it, you see things, and you start believing that you could be something that sounds good, but you know it ain’t right.
Because a woman is a woman and a man is a man. That’s it,” he added.
That’s Your Business
“Whatever you want to do in the closet, that’s your business. I’m OK with that,” he concluded.
Santana’s assertion echoed comedian Dave Chappelle’s controversial stance on gender, highlighting a perceived alignment between the two artists.
“I’m like this with my brother Dave Chappelle,” he added at the concert.
Chappelle’s Netflix Special
Chappelle’s Netflix special, “The Closer,” had drawn significant backlash for jokes ridiculing transgender individuals and generating debates around the boundaries of comedy and offense.
He’s Got his Own Style
Chappelle’s career has been marked by his bold comedic style and willingness to tackle contentious topics.
His Jokes Aren’t Liked by Everyone
However, his jokes about the transgender community in “The Closer” led to accusations of transphobia.
The comedian jokes about gender and transgender experiences.
A Challenge to Cancel Culture
While Chappelle’s supporters saw his humor as a challenge to cancel culture and an assertion of artistic freedom, critics viewed his jokes as perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
His Shows Was Canceled
The tension between comedy and sensitivity became evident when Chappelle’s show at a Minneapolis venue was canceled due to concerns about transphobic content.
While Chappelle’s comedic approach often courts controversy, Santana’s musical legacy has rarely delved into politically charged subjects.
Honor and Respect for All People
When asked for comment by Billboard, Santana only somewhat addressed the remarks.
He said, “Here is my personal goal that I strive to achieve every day. I want to honor and respect all people’s ideals and beliefs whether they are LGBTQ or not. This is the planet of free will and we have all been given this gift.”
Anti-transgender Is Like Anti-Cancer!?
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Anti-transgender. That’s like calling someone anti-cancer or anti-illness of any kind. Humans be like, “Let’s reverse all conditions that humans get.” Also, humans “but not when you think you’re a woman that one’s normal.”
Freedom of Expression
Another User wrote, “Santana can express his opinion by any means he chooses. But he must accept and acknowledge everyone else’s freedom of expression.”
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