Netflix Employees Are Quitting Over Dave Chappelle’s Latest Special

Comedian Dave Chappelle is drawing a growing wave of criticism for his derogatory comments about the LGBTQ+ community.

The comments were made in his most recent Netflix stand-up special, titled The Closer. Both Chappelle and Netflix came under fire because of the stand-up special, with Netflix employees openly criticizing the streamer and canceling their work with Netflix.

According to Deadline, Jaclyn Moore, a transgender executive producer on Netflix’s Dear White People, has revealed she’s “done” with Netflix after the streamer aired Dave Chappelle’s The Closer, during which Chapelle made anti-trans and LGBTQIA+ statements.

Moore stated that she wouldn’t work with Netflix as long as the streaming giant continues to air and profit from what she described as blatantly and dangerously transphobic content. Additionally, other Netflix employees also spoke against the company, criticizing Netflix for providing Chappelle with a platform to make transphobic comments.

Dave Chappelle was previously criticized for making transphobic and anti-LGBTQ+ comments on his Netflix specials. In his newest release, the comedian makes explicit jokes about trans women and offers defenses for previous derogatory remarks and statements made by other prominent figures, such as J.K. Rowling, which we already covered in our earlier report.

Gender is a fact, according to Chapelle, who stated that “every human being on earth had to pass through the legs of a woman,” negating C-sections, which statistically make up about a third of all birth in the United States alone.

While his comments about gender could be argued on several points, the comedian took the audience to an anatomy class by stating that trans women genitalia are not quite what they appear to be.

Apart from that, Dave Chappelle also contrasted homophobic statements made by prominent figures and systematic racism. For example, he said that, in America, a person could shoot and kill a person of color (he used an N-word), but one better not hurt a gay person’s feelings, contrasting the cancellation of rapper DaBaby who was involved in a Walmart shooting incident of 2018.

Well, after years of listening to Dave Chappelle using trans and LGBTQ+ communities in his stand-up acts, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) NGO media monitoring organization drew a line in the digital sand.

The organization stated that Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans and LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities. But GLAAD wasn’t alone, and others have a say in the matter too. David Johns, the National Black Justice Coalition’s executive director, had asked for Netflix to take off Dave Chappelle’s The Closer from streaming.

Johns added that 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for transgender people in the U.S. – the majority of whom are Black transgender people and that perpetuating transphobia equates to perpetuating violence. In addition to asking Netflix to take down the stand-up special, Johns added that the world’s largest streaming service owes an apology to the transgender community.

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  • Let them quit and return to their safe spaces in their parents basement. Comedy should be exempt from wokeness. If we can’t accept and laugh about ourselves, without being “offended”, then comedy is dead.

  • So TIRED and FED UP with this sick world, with all the sick people in it! Jesus is coming back, and He is NOT going to apologize to gays and trans!

  • I think that all these groups are getting too sensitive and should lighten up! Comedians are just that, they make fun of everything n everyone. You have to laugh a lot more these days to get threw all the negativism. I think Dave Chapelle is a very funny guy and should not be stopped from making a living as he does. Lets work on the real issues in this world which starts at the top like our president n government. Lets walk out or quit them!

  • Why do people resist listening to the truth? And why should I have to put up with all this gay and tranny bs??? If you don’t like it, turn the TV off or change the channel. Do you have to dictate to everyone else how to live and think?

  • Jauniphia Ringold

    The point i think David was making was not so much making fun of transgender people, but more to the fact that as a straight black male they run the risk of being shot for being black and nothings done. You dont see the genders come out for that or speak up against it, but we get all this noise from the LGBTQ+ side if a joke is made as thgough they are off limits. What should have been realized is that Dave and the rest of us have the right to be STRAIGHT and to support that! and maybe other marginalized groups should be supportive for others if they want support! When display the idea that others are lesser than you or the attitude that I ain’t got nothing to do with that, expect that same sentiment! We are ALL human, respect people, stand up for all peoples rights. Straight people are speaking up because it feels like we are not supposed to have an opinion or a dog in this fight! Let’s get some Balance!

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