Dave Chappelle needs no introductions as far as being a stand-up comedian are concerned as his range of comedies and impeccable timing has helped him find a large fanbase. Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix, called ‘The Closer,’ dropped on the streaming platform back on October 5th. The special certainly did not have a very eventful release from the looks of it.
The National Black Justice Coalition called on Netflix to remove Dave Chappelle’s special from the streaming platform for Chappelle’s harmful and transphobic remarks against the trans community.
While speaking with Deadline, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos discussed the backlash the company has received after hosting ‘The Closer.’ Sarandos admitted that he “screwed up the internal communication” when it came to the backlash surrounding the comments Dave Chappelle made regarding the trans community.
“First, right upfront, I screwed up the internal communication — and I don’t mean just mechanically. I feel I should’ve made sure to recognize that a group of our employees was hurting very badly from the decision made, and I should’ve recognized upfront before going into a rationalization of anything the pain they were going through. I say that because I respect them deeply, and I love the contribution they have at Netflix. They were hurting, and I should’ve recognized that first.”
Dave Chappelle also made it clear he is unapologetic regarding his transphobic comments and that is unlikely to change anytime soon from the looks of it. The “Stand Up in Solidarity” rally will take place at Netflix’s EPIC Building in Hollywood at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday as trans employees will protest against Dave Chappelle’s latest special. We will keep you updated on this ongoing story.
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