Eddie Murphy’s homophobic comedy special is back on screens

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The popular comedian has made an anti-gay performance about 30 years ago but now Nelfix makes it reappear. It begins with a five-minute homophobic rant without any warning. “Faggots aren’t allowed to look at my ass while I’m on stage. That’s why I keep moving while I’m up here.You don’t know where the faggot section is, you gotta keep moving. So if they do see it, quick, you switch, they don’t get no long stares,” Murphy said.

Then he made a suggestion that straight people could have been infected with HIV because their girlfriends had kissed gay men in the past (even though such a disease is not transmitted with kissing): “It petrifies me because girls be hanging out with them. One night they could be in the club having fun with their gay friend, give them a little kiss. And go home with AIDS on their lips! And then when her husband, like five years later, Somebody says, ‘Mr. Johnson you have AIDS’. ‘AIDS?! But I’m not homosexual!’, ‘Sure you’re not homosexual!’.”

Murphy has long since apologised for the content of the special. He first disavowed its content in 1996, when he said: “I deeply regret any pain all this has caused. Just like the rest of the world, I am more educated about AIDS in 1996 than I was in 1981. I know how serious an issue AIDS is the world over. I know that AIDS isn’t funny. It’s 1996 and I’m a lot smarter about AIDS now. I am not homophobic and I am not anti-gay. My wife and I have donated both time and money to AIDS research. I’ve had people close to me die from the disease as well. I don’t know a person who hasn’t been touched in some way by this disease. Everybody knows somebody who is sick. Black people have been hit harder by this disease than any other group of people on the planet.”

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