Netflix employees walkout Wednesday after crying out for ‘The Closer’ to be removed from their platform
Jon Stewart is putting on his public relations hat in defense of longtime friend, comedian Dave Chappelle, who Stewart wasn’t trying to be divisive about in his latest comedy special, “The Closer.”
Netflix employees staged a walkout on Wednesday after they took to social media and issued an internal memo to the streamer’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos, in which many felt that Chappelle had acted as a negative influence on the transgender community. After the joke called for the comedy offer to be removed from the stage.
“It’s a different element, but I know he’s one of my favorite people on the planet and he’s just a nice, decent…,” explained Stewart, 58. tmz Capitol Hill on Thursday.
“He’s warm and intelligent and all those things,” added the “Problem With Jon Stewart” host, who was in Washington DC to lobby for the approval of medical bills to military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. Former “Daily Show” Cornerstone discussed this issue in a recent episode of his Apple TV+ series.
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Protesters hold signs with the phrases “trans lives matter” and “transphobia is not a joke” outside a Netflix office building in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday.
When asked if he thought it was a promising idea for Chappelle to agree to sit down with an angry Netflix staff, Stewart said why not if it was funny and open dialogue between people who love Chappelle. Let’s feel slighted by the jokes.
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Stewart explained in his defense, “Look, if it fosters a conversation where people get more on the same page in terms of understanding it would be great but I know his intention is never hurtful — Like, he’s not that kind of person.” Speakers of “Sticks and Stones”, 48.
“And if it is [hurtful]”It’s definitely unintentional,” Stewart said. “He really is — he’s a good guy.”
Meanwhile, the comedian played to a sold-out crowd in London on the night of a Netflix employee’s walkout, amid cries from detractors for Chappelle’s cancellation for his controversial remarks.
According to DiversityChappell told comedy watchers that he plans to take “The Closer” on the road if it is pulled from Netflix. Attendees claimed that Chappell said he would conduct special screenings in 10 cities across the US
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One person reportedly told the outlet that Chappell mentioned that the protests in Los Angeles were “not favorable” for him. Another said the entertainer seemed “baffled” by the allegations of transphobia and homophobia made against him.
Podcast Host and Commentator who is sick Even in the midst of the uproar, Chappell went to bat and said that the jokes are “in no way transphobic.”
On Tuesday’s installment of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan revealed that he and Chappelle wrote “back and forth” about the Netflix drama and that he’s “riding out the storm.”
Granthshala News’ Jessica Napoli and Joseph A. Wolfsohn’ contributed to this report.