Dave Chappelle has broken his silence over the surrounding controversy around his Netflix special Closer.
The comedian received backlash from the transgender community over comments he made in his latest stand-up special.
Now, Chappelle said that he is “more than willing” to meet with trans employees and discuss the special on three conditions.
Dave Chappelle talks controversy over Netflix special
In an Instagram video titled ‘Stunted’ which was posted on Monday (October 25th), Chappelle has finally broken silence over his Netflix special.
The comedian was criticised for his jokes about the transgender community.
“That is not true. If they had invited me, I would have accepted it. Although I am confused about what we are speaking about. I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you wanted a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”
Chappelle continued: “Do not blame the [LGBTQ] community for any of this s***. This has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interest, and what I can say and what I cannot say. For the record — and I need you to know this — everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supporting, so I don’t know what all this nonsense is about.”
Chappelle will meet those with concerns on three conditions
During the video, the comedian said that he is “more than willing to meet” with trans employees if they meet three conditions.
“To the transgender community: I am more than willing to give you an audience. But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands,” Chappelle continued.
“And if you want to meet with me, I would be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. You must come to a place of my choosing, at a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”
Gadsby is a fellow comedian who criticised Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos for standing behind Chappelle’s special Closer.
What has Netflix said about the special?
Following the controversy over Closer, Ted Sarandos wrote in an email at the time (via Variety): “We know that a number of you have been left angry, disappointed and hurt by our decision to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix.
“With ‘The Closer,’ we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.) Last year, we heard similar concerns about ‘365 Days’ and violence against women. While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
However, speaking to Variety after that, Sarandos admitted that he “screwed up” how Netflix employees’ concerns about the special were handled.
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