Jay-Z Calls Dave Chappelle ‘Super Brave, Super Genius’ Amid ‘The Closer’ Controversy

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By ETCanada.com Staff.

Jay-Z is heaping praise on embattled comedian Dave Chappelle as he faces continued criticism that his new Netflix comedy special “The Closer” is anti-trans.

“If you spend time with him, he’s brilliant,” Jay-Z said during a Twitter Space live event held earlier this week by Netflix’s Strong Black Lead account to promote HOV’s new movie, “The Harder They Fall.”

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Referring to “The Closer” specifically, Jay acknowledged that Chappelle “pushed a lot of buttons” and that he even felt uncomfortable at times watching the special.

“But I think that what happens with true art is it has to cause conversation,” Jay said. “And, you know, sometimes it’s gonna be abrasive and sometimes it’s gonna be off-putting to folks. But it opens up an opportunity to have a dialogue about, you know, whatever the issue is.”

Speaking more broadly, Jay-Z added, “Great art is divisive…When you’re making great art, you have to be fearless and you have to create something that you believe in. And that’s what it’s about.”

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Chappelle recently inducted Jay-Z into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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