Veteran comedian Dave Chappelle says that although he is “confused” about what they want to talk about, he will nonetheless meet with members of the transgender community on the condition that anyone who meets him first watches his Netflix special, The closer, “from start to finish.” Chapelle added that he “does not bow to anyone’s demands.”
“It has been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees on Netflix and I refused. That is not true. If they would have invited me, I would have accepted it,” Chappelle said in a video , which was posted on his Instagram account on Monday.
“Although I’m confused about what we’re talking about,” the comedian added. “I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe work environment at Netflix. Well, it seems I’m the only one who cannot go to the office. “
Chappelle went on to address “the transgender community” directly, saying, “I’m more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not call me, I do not bow to anyone’s demands.”
“And if you want to meet me, I would be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you can not come if you have not seen my special from start to finish,” he said. must come to a place of my choice at some point in my choice. And thirdly, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny. ”
In a leaked Netflix memo defending Chappelle’s special, the company’s CEO Ted Sarando quoted LGBTQ – friendly content as e.g. Orange is the new black, Sex education, and comedian Hannah Gadsby’s comedy specials Nanette and Douglas as evidence that the streaming service “works hard to ensure that marginalized communities are not defined by a single story,” reports Rolling stones.
After being mentioned in the note, Gadsby attacked Sarandos on Instagram and said, “Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick remark to tell you that I would prefer if you did not pull my name into your mess. Now I have to deal even more of the hatred and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to trigger me every time Dave gets $ 20 million to process his emotionally crippled partial worldview.
“You did not pay me close enough to deal with the consequences of the real world of the hate speech dog you refuse to acknowledge, Ted,” Gadsby added. “Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult. I’m doing shit with more backbone than you. It’s just a joke! I certainly did not go over a limit because you just told the world that there is no one.”
Last week, Netlfix’s corporate office was besieged by transgender activists and protest organizer Ashlee Marie Preston attacked Chappelle with a racist taunt and demanded to speak to “her master.”
In her video posted on Instagram on Monday, Chappelle also pointed to “corporate interests” for the controversy surrounding his Netflix special.
“I want everyone in this audience to know that even if the media is framed that it’s me vs. that society, that’s not what it is,” he said.
“You should not blame the LGBTQ community for any of this shit. It has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I can not say,” Chappelle added.
“For the record – and I need you to know that – everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supportive, so I do not know what this nonsense is about,” the comedian confirmed.