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Comedian Patton Oswalt issues lengthy apology for posting New Year's Eve photo with Dave Chappelle

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Liberal comedian Patton Oswalt offered an extensive apology for causing so much hurt among those triggered by a photograph he posted of himself and Dave Chappelle.

Chappelle has been targeted by the politically correct mob over comments he's made on several comedy specials criticizing the extremism of the LGBTQ movement, especially pertaining to the transgender agenda.

Oswalt posted a photograph of himself and Chappelle on Instagram and explained that he got a text message from the legendary comedian on New Year's Eve.

"Come over to the arena he’s performing in next door and do a guest set. Why not?" Oswalt wrote. "I waved good-bye to this hell-year with a genius I started comedy with 34 years ago. He works an arena like he’s talking to one person and charming their skin off. Anyway, I ended the year with a real friend and a deep laugh. Can’t ask for much more."

That post received a throng of furious complaints from those offended by Chappelle.

Oswalt later posted another message with a lengthy apology.

"I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time this New Year’s Eve. We’ve known each other since we’re teens. He’s a fellow comedian, the funniest I’ve ever met. I wanted to post a pic & an IG story about it — so I did. The friend is Dave Chappelle. Thirty four YEARS we’ve been friends," he wrote in part.

"We’ve done bad & good gigs, open mikes & TV tapings. But we also 100% disagree about transgender rights & representation. I support trans peoples’ rights — ANYONE’S rights — to live safely in the world as their fullest selves. For all the things he’s helped ME evolve on, I’ll always disagree with where he stands NOW on transgender issues," Oswalt continued.

"I’m sorry, truly sorry, that I didn’t consider the hurt this would cause. Or the DEPTH of that hurt," he added.

Oswalt was then criticized by many on social media for kowtowing to the mob and throwing his decades-long friend under the bus.

Comedian Aries Spears told TMZ that Oswalt should not have had to apologize.

"It's an unfortunately climate we live in where you gotta apologize for things you shouldn't have to apologize for," said Spears. "Bottom line is when Dave Chappelle summons you, you'll have a good time, and if people can't handle that, that's on them."

Here's more about the triggering PattonChappelle photo:

Aries Spears Says Patton Oswalt Shouldn't Apologize for Chappelle Pic www.youtube.com

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