Dave Chappelle Controversy: For those unaware, Dave Chapelle is a very popular American stand-up comedian and actor. Rolling Stone named him No. 9 on their list of the “50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time.”
Dave Chappelle is finally speaking out about the controversy surrounding his latest Netflix comedy special, The Closer. He stated that he is willing to meet with LGBTQ employees who are critical of the programme but would not “bow to anyone’s demands.”
How Dave Chappelle Controversy Began?
The LGBTQ community all over the world has trashed Dave Chapelle and Netflix for continuing to promote the show “The Closer” by Dave Chapelle. According to them, the show is “Insensitive” and “transphobic.”
In an Instagram video released Monday, Dave Chappelle remains unapologetic about the special. This contains transphobic content that has enraged many in the LGBTQ community, at Netflix, and beyond.”
“I said what I said, and boy, did I hear what you had to say. I mean, how could I not? Rumours had it that I was invited to speak to transgender employees at Netflix, and I refused,” Chappelle stated in the video. “That is not correct. I would have gladly accepted if they had invited me. Although I’m not sure what we’re talking about… You stated that you seek a secure work environment at Netflix. Well, it appears that I am the only one unable to attend the office.”
Chappelle was referring to a walkout by Netflix employees last week. This happened after Netflix Inc decided to release Chappelle’s new comedy special, “The Closer,” which critics say ridicules transgender people.
Action By Netflix on Dave Chappelle Controversy
Netflix recently fired an employee involved in the controversy surrounding Chappelle and the comedy special. Netflix authorities claim the employee gave Bloomberg “secret, commercially sensitive material.”
Chapelle has personally thanked Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos. In the video, he said, “Thank god for Ted Sarandos and Netflix. He’s the only one who didn’t cancel me yet.”
The Closer, which has been available on Netflix since early October, has been the source of much debate for several weeks. In the special, Chappelle makes jokes about trans women’s genitalia. He also defends J.K. Rowling against detractors who claim she is transphobic, among other things.
Several trans comedians told CNN earlier this month that Chappelle’s statements were an example of “punching down” on those with less power and that the comedian continues to “scapegoat trans people.”
How matter sort out on Dave Chappelle Controversy?
But, according to Chappelle’s video from Monday, “Everyone in that group I’ve met has been nothing but nice and supportive. So, I’m not sure what all of this crap is about.” He said, “I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames this as me versus that community, it’s not what it is,” Chappelle said. “Do not blame the LBGTQ community for any of this shit. This has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interest and what I can say and what I cannot say.”
Chappelle says he has three requirements for meeting with Netflix employees. “First of all, you are not permitted to attend unless you have seen my special from beginning to end. You must appear at a location and time of my choosing. Finally, you must accept that Hannah Gadsby is not amusing.” Hannah Gadsby is an Australian Comedian and a queer for those who don’t know.