Netflix’s The Closer, Dave Chappelle’s sixth stand-up comedy special for the streaming giant, saw him in some hot water with the trans community. Walkouts were staged and he was cancelled. A documentary he made about saving his town during the pandemic through stand-up comedy is now getting shut out because of the controversy.
Dave Chappelle made it clear that he did not reject an invitation to speak with transgender employees at Netflix. He would have accepted the invitation if they extended it to him, but then he admitted that “I would be confused about what we would be speaking about.”
Chappelle said that transgender employees want a safe working environment at Netflix, but “it seems like I’m the only one who can’t come to the office anymore.” He then made it clear that this is not about him vs the LGBTQ community, because this is about “corporate interests” and what he can and cannot say.
He said that his documentary film is now getting disinvited from film festivals all over who invited him to screen the movie. Then he said “thank god for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, because he’s the one who hasn’t cancelled me yet.”
He is willing to meet with the trans community but, “I am not bending to anybody’s demands.” He is willing to meet with them with certain conditions attached. They must watch The Closer from start to finish, the meeting will take place at a time and place of his choosing, and they must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.
Since nobody will screen his documentary, he is going to take his show on tour. The Instagram post also include dates for his upcoming roadshow.
11/4 San Francisco
11/9 Des Moines
11/22 New York
We will have to see if Dave Chappelle is able to win back some of the people who shied away from him in recent memory. If anything, he is going to take his documentary on tour and make the most of a bad situation.
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