Dave Chappelle‘s latest comedy special, “The Closer” has been buried in controversy since its release. The Netflix special has drawn a lot of criticism for being transphobic, and there have been several appeals for the special to be pulled from the platform.
Recently, the streaming platform’s LGBTQ+ staff staged a walkout in protest against Chappelle’s special. While Netflix put out a statement of solidarity in support of their LGBTQ+ staff, the platform stood by the decision to keep the special up.
That being said, it seems that Netflix is willing to make a small concession. As per a report from The Wrap, the streaming platform is considering adding a content warning before the special.
While details are not yet available, one of the demands made by protestors was the addition of a disclaimer to the special, “specifically saying it contains transphobic language, misogyny, homophobia, and hate speech.”
It is, however, uncertain whether the disclaimer will address the demand adequately. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos expressed regret over his handling of the situation, but still seems adamant that the special does not qualify as hate speech.
While putting a disclaimer before the special feels like the logical first step towards appeasing the protestors, there are definitely those who feel like this approach is too little, too late.
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