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Pete Davidson Stirs Up Controversy With Trailer For Netflix Special

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By Tara Lloyd

Pete Davidson recently released the trailer to his Netflix standup special Pete Davidson: Alive From New York, which hits screens on February 25, 2020.

Davidson is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, and for his whirlwind romance with singer Ariana Grande, which propelled him into the tabloids. He's gained fans for his wry observations on SNL's Weekend Update sketch.

However, he has managed to offend a community of viewers with one of the jokes from his new standup show.

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During the show, Davidson tells the following joke while talking about the relationship between gay men and straight men.

“There’s always one gay friend that I don’t think is f--king gay at all,” Davidson says. “It’s that gay dude that will, like, run up on your girlfriend and squeeze her boobs and slap her a-- and be like, ‘Damn girl, you look great!’ I don’t find that f--king funny — like at all. I’m all for the gayness; it doesn’t mean I’m against gayness. You just get to slap a-- on a technicality? That’s not f--king fair at all.

"I would never do that just because I could," he continues. "I would never walk up to his boyfriend, tug his d--k and be like, ‘Nice, Gary. Not for me, but cool.’”

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Viewers took to Twitter to voice their disgust with Davidson's joke.

"Oh great. A straight guy crapping out tired, homophobic stereotypes for cheap laughs from lazy d---heads. You’ve really excelled yourselves here," tweeted one user.

Another wrote, "If homophobia and old stereotypes being peddled by a straight man was the best minute you had to choose from in promoting this, then Netflix really is a joke."

Others pointed out similarities to other comedians, with one user tweeting, "I thought these jokes were really funny when I first heard Eddie Murphy do them in 1983. I was 11."

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It's the latest controversy to hit Davidson after a tumultuous couple of years.

Fans were concerned when Davidson posted on Instagram expressing thoughts of suicide, then deleting all his social media channels. Intervention from Grande, along with friends and family, led to the New York Police Department undertaking a wellness check, finding Davidson safe at the SNL studios.

In an interview on Marc Maron's podcast, Davidson revealed that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and that he was "depressed all the time."

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Davidson also came under fire for comments he made while in a relationship with Grande.

Speaking to Weekend Update host Colin Jost in an SNL episode, Davidson joked about swapping Grande's birth control with Tic Tacs.

"I believe in us, and all," he said. "I just want to make sure she can't go anywhere."

Viewers were disgusted by the comments, sending tweets such as, "Hey Pete Davidson, can you not make creepy and uncalled for jokes about switching your fiancé’s birth control with tic tacs? Let’s not normalize that disgusting manipulation."

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