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Netflix Strongly Supports Dave Chappelle, CEO Won’t Pull Controversial Stand-up Special


Ted Sarandos, co-CEO at Netflix, has addressed the criticism of Dave Chappelle’s recent stand-up special on the streaming platform.

The comedian has been catching heat for taking aim that the transgender community in his new stand-up special “The Closer”. In a company memo sent Friday, Sarandos said “The Closer” isn’t “designed to incite hate or violence” and noted that “artistic freedom” is measured differently in stand-up comedy, as reported by Complex.

“Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate,” Sarandos wrote in the memo, which you can read in full here. “We don’t allow titles Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line. I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.

We previously reported that the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has called on Netflix to remove “The Closer” amid backlash over Chappelle’s jokes about the transgender community

The NBJC is an American civil rights organization serving primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

In Netflix’s “The Closer,” Chappelle takes aim at the trans community, which triggered strong reactions on Twitter. 

“Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact,” Chappelle says in “The Closer.”

“Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those p—ies that they got… you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not p—y, but it’s Beyond P—y or Impossible P—y. It tastes like p—y, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood,” he says. “That’s beet juice.” 

“It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform,” NBJC executive director David Johns said in a statement. “With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”

“Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities,” GLAAD tweeted. “Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don’t support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes.

We agree.Sarandos noted in the memo that the platform is not going to remove Chappelle’s controversial new stand-up special.

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Comment by caribmama on Sunday

He's lucky he wasn't talking about the jewish community, he would have defiantly been cancelled for life.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on October 13, 2021 at 11:35pm
The gay community can go kick rocks, comedians can make fun of the president, straight people, but as soon as you joke about gay people they get their feelings hurt. Go cry me a river.
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Comment by mr1stroke on October 12, 2021 at 9:27pm

Unless you are depth, blind and confuse, you will follow the crowd without questioning whats going on and what sense it makes. The white gay community are the most racist community, they dont give a damn about the black gays or black people, they used the civil rights movement to get all their gay rights.

The black gay community need to know before they were gay they were black,  they need to know their history and compare their lifetsyle with the break down of black men from the Willie Lynch letter making of a slave

Dave set the table to start a conversation, the idiots didn't even get it and not taking the opportunity to do so, the conversation can be about black lives, black gay life style, equality for all, and so on and so on, you are not doing your self a favor by letting others get away at discriminating against you while you think you can get a hug

I support Dave when he walked away from Comedy Central for a sum of $50 million, those sell out negros in Hollywood won't even walk away for $50000, I,would stop supporting dave only if he apologise, black men in America need to take their place as equal citizens and exercise their voice just like a white person and do not have to apologise like a boy, I stop supporting Netflix ever since they dircriminated against Monique, I stand for whats right not what every one likes, Dave speaks the truth I stand with him, if they drop that special and he is selling it for $100 i will buy at least 5 or 10 for people I lnow as christmas gift

Comment by Al3x on October 12, 2021 at 9:22pm

That’s right Netflix 

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