Dave Chappelle Says He’s Ready To Talk To Transgender Netflix Employees But “I Said What I Said”

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Comedian Dave Chappelle addressed the transphobia controversy surrounding his Netflix comedy special “The Closer,” in which he said “gender is a fact,” saying on Monday he would be willing to talk to transgender employees about Netflix who disputed his comments while claiming he was “canceled” on the remarks.

Highlights

In a video from a recent stand-up show posted to his Instagram on Monday afternoon, Chappelle said that while he doesn’t go along with anyone’s requests, he would have an “audience” with the transgender community, at three. conditions: They watch ‘The Closest’ from start to finish, they come to a place and time of their choice and admit that openly lesbian Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, who has been outspoken against Chappelle, does is not funny.

Chappelle thanked Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos for standing up for him, saying on Monday: “Thank goodness for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one who hasn’t canceled me yet.”

Chappelle also said on Monday that he had not been invited by various film festivals and that investors “would not touch” his upcoming documentary “Untitled,” which will debut next month in private screenings across the country, due to controversy.

Netflix declined to comment on Chappelle’s remarks on Monday, while organizers of last week’s walkout by transgender Netflix employees have yet to respond to TBEN request for comment.

Crucial quote

Speaking of the response from transgender employees at Netflix, Chappelle said in the Instagram video, “I said what I said and boy I heard what you said, my God how could you- I don’t. You said you wanted a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it looks like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office anymore.

Key context

Sarandos sent two emails to Netflix employees who stood next to Chappelle during the backlash of the special, saying the show would not cause “real life harm”. Variety. The Netflix chief later admitted in an interview with Variety he “messed up” in the way he communicated that support, but maintained his position that the content of the special should stay on the service, citing Chappelle’s right to “creative freedom and artistic expression.” Netflix’s Trans * employee resource group released a list of requests obtained by The edge ahead of last week’s walkout, including disclaimers ahead of potentially transphobic content, hiring transgender executives, and investing in trans-affirming content.

Further reading

Netflix reinstates three workers who spoke out against Dave Chappelle (TBEN) stand-up special

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