Comedian takes heat for comments about trans people in his special ‘The Closer’
Dave Chappelle have talked about your dispute Netflix special “near” In a new stand-up video, she says she is ready to meet with transgender Netflix employees or other members of the trans community, but “won’t bow to anyone’s demands.”
In the video, Chappelle remained unapologetic about the special — which was accused of making transphobic and homophobic remarks and prompting a walkout on Netflix — saying: “I said what I said.”
“It has been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender staff of Netflix and I declined. That’s not true – if they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I would have asked about it.” Confused what we’re talking about. Chappell said in the video. “I said what I said, and boy, did I hear what you said. Oh my god, how can I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It’s like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office anymore.”
Chappell claimed that the controversy was about “corporate interests” and that some members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to support him.
“I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it that it’s me versus that community, it’s not like that. Don’t blame LBGTQ [sic] Community for any of this s-t. They have nothing to do with it. It’s about corporate interests and what I can and can’t say,” Chappelle said. “For the record, and I need you to know, everyone I know from that community is loved and supported.” so I don’t know what the fuck all this is.”
Chappell also spoke about his upcoming documentary on his Summer 2020 comedy tour, claiming that it has now been taken out of film festivals.
Chappell claimed, “The film I made was invited to every film festival in the United States and I accepted some of those invitations. When the controversy about ‘The Closer’ came up, They started refusing me from these film festivals.” “And now, today, no film company, no film studio, no film festival, no one will touch this film. Thank God for that Ted Sarandos And Netflix, that’s the only one that hasn’t canceled me yet.”
Although Chappelle said he was open to meeting members of the trans community, he jokingly listed a number of conditions that must be met: “For the transgender community, I’m willing to give you an audience, but you will.” Don’t call me. I’m not succumbing to anyone’s demands. And if you want to meet me, I’m more willing, but I have some conditions. First, you can’t come if you haven’t seen my special start From till the end. You must come to my chosen place at my chosen time, and third, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”
Chappell closed the video saying that he plans to make his film available in 10 cities, and then asked the audience: “Have I canceled or not?”
The release of “The Closer” resulted in a reckoning at Netflix, with co-CEO Ted Sarandos defending the special and trans employees and affiliates of Streamer Hosting. protest walkout on 20 October. During a walkout hosted by Ashley Marie Preston, Sarandos was presented with “a list of firm ask”, and Preston told Variety that Chappell had been invited to speak to the organisers, but declined the opportunity. .