During a stand-up routine on Sunday, comedian Dave Chappelle addressed the controversy surrounding his Netflix Inc. NFLX 1.03 percent special, adding that he would self-distribute his new documentary film in ten cities.Mr. Chappelle told the audience that he planned to meet with members of the transgender community at Netflix. On Monday, he posted a five-minute video of his remarks during a comedy show in Nashville to his Instagram page.”I said what I had to say, and boy, did I hear what you had to say.” I mean, how could I not?” Mr. Chappelle explained.
“I want everyone in this audience to understand that, while the media portrays it as me versus that community, that is not the case.”Mr. Chappelle stated that he has received some encouragement since the special aired. “For the record, and I want you to know this, everyone I’ve met from that community has been nothing but loving and supportive.
“So I’m not sure what all this nonsense is about,” he explained.”The Closer,” a stand-up special, drew criticism for remarks considered offensive to the transgender community. Last Wednesday, a group of protesters, including employees, gathered outside Netflix’s Los Angeles office to express their displeasure with the show and the streaming company’s response to criticism.
Netflix Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos, who continued to support the special’s airing, admitted that he “messed up” in his communications with staff about the controversy, and that his remarks about on-screen content not translating to real-world harm were oversimplified and lacking in humanity. He insisted on keeping .
The Closer” on Netflix, citing a commitment to creative freedom.Mr. Chappelle stated that the controversy surrounding the special caused film festivals and studios to withdraw support for an untitled documentary centred on outdoor shows he performed in the summer of 2020 following George Floyd’s murder. He stated that the documentary will be screened in ten cities next month, including New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Cleveland. “You’ll be able to see the entire film, and you’ll be able to see what they’re trying to keep you from seeing,” Mr. Chappelle said.
The comedian also addressed the recent protests and the demands of some Netflix employees for management changes.”You stated that you want a safe working environment at Netflix,” he explained. “Well, it appears that I’m the only one who can’t go to work anymore.”Mr. Chappelle compares the progress made by the LGBTQ community to the progress made by the Black community in America in “The Closer.” His stories include encounters with members of the transgender and gay communities.
Many transgender people, including some Netflix employees, found the jokes offensive. Mr. Chappelle described himself as a “TERF,” which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist,” and compared the transgender community to people who wear blackface.
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