Dave Chappelle talks about the Netflix controversy, remains unapologetic about anti-trans material: ‘I said what I said’October 26, 2021
Dave Chappelle is defending his controversial Netflix offer, which has been criticized as transphobic.
“The Closer,” Chappelle’s latest comedy special, sparked outrage on social media shortly after it was shown worldwide this month, with many Netflix subscribers complaining about his anti-transgender content.
The retreat led to a series of publicity announcements led by Netflix staff, the shooting of one of the protest organizers, the acceptance of CEO Ted Sarandos as “strange”, and the public reprimand of Hannah Gadsby, an Australian comedian. Her performance of Netflix’s 2018 starring “Nanette” won an Emmy for various special writing.
On Monday, the 48-year-old comedian posted on Instagram part of his latest show in Louisville, Ky., Where he spoke in public for the first time.
In the clip, Chappelle disputed allegations that he declined an invitation to speak to transgender staff on Netflix.
“That is not true. If they had invited me I would have accepted it – although I am confused about what we will be talking about, ”he said.
“I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not know? He said he wanted a safe place to work for Netflix. Looks like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office, ”he said as the crowd roared and clapped.
He added that, although “the media” wants to portray the situation as “me compared to that community, it is not what you are.” It’s about “business interests and what I can say and what I can’t say,” he said.
In “The Closer,” Chappelle jokes about transgender women and their genitals, saying that “sex is real” and that LGBTQ people are “very sensitive.”
He is also associated with the author of “Harry Potter” J.K. Rowling, celebrating his status as TERF, which is an acronym used to describe trans-exclusionary radical radicalizes.
Despite the widespread outrage over the incident, Chappelle told the crowd that “everyone I know in the community was loving and supportive,” adding that he did not know “what this nonsense was about.”
Later, speaking directly to the transgender community, Chappelle said “you would love to give it to the audience, but you will not call me. I do not bow to anyone’s wishes.
“First of all, you can’t come if you don’t look at my special offer from start to finish. You must come to the place that I have chosen, at the time of my choosing. Thirdly, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny, ”he said.