Dave Chappelle is one of the most established stand-up comedians in the world right now and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind when necessary.
As reported earlier, Dave Chappelle was set to return to Netflix, as he will be appearing in a whole new stand-up special called ‘The Closer.’ It will be directed by Emmy-winning director Stan Lathan, who has directed all six of Chappelle’s Netflix specials.
Now it seems the National Black Justice Coalition has called on Netflix to remove the special as they have deemed it to be transphobic. Right after its release on October 5th, the special received backlash over a series of anti-trans comments from Chappelle.
While speaking to Deadline, NBJC executive director David Johns released a statement where he condemned Dave Chappelle’s harmful remarks towards the trans community and urged Netflix to take down the special.
“It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform. 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.”
Chappelle is no stranger to controversy as his previous specials were criticized for the same reasons as well. It remains to be seen whether Dave Chappelle’s special will be removed or not after so much backlash from the National Black Justice Coalition.
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