Dave Chappelle agrees to meet with Netflix’s transgender staff – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Following the controversy surrounding transphobic comments from Dave Chappelle in his new Netflix special, the comedian said this week that he is willing to meet with Netflix’s transgender staff, but only under certain conditions.

Activist Joey Soloway speaks in support of Netflix staff resource group Trans *, colleagues and others who staged a walkout to protest Netflix’s decision to release Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special. October 20, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images).

In a stand-up video posted on Chappelle’s Instagram account on Monday, the 48-year-old Chappelle tells for the first time publicly discussed the situation.

“I want everyone in this audience to know that even if the media hits this, it’s me versus that (LGBTQ) community,” Chappelle said. ‘That is not what it is. I do not blame the LGBTQ community for any of this. It has nothing to do with them. It’s about the interests of companies and about what I can say and what I can not say. “

“For the record, and I need you to know this, everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supportive,” Chappelle continued. “So I do not know what this nonsense is about.”

Chappelle’s special, “The Closer”, released on October 5, has led to great internal unrest at Netflix, with many blasting the streaming service’s decision to carry it.

On October 20, dozens of Netflix employees and their supporters staged a walkout in Hollywood to protest the alleged transphobic comments and Netflix boss Ted Sarandos’ decision not to withdraw the thesis from the platform after the outcry.

“To the transgender community, I’m more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not call me, I do not bow to anyone’s demands,” Chappelle said.

Chappelle said the meeting will come with conditions.

“First, you can not come if you have not seen my special from start to finish,” he said. “You have to get to a place of my choice and a time of my choice. And thirdly, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

The final comment was a swipe to Gadsby, a comedian who ripped Sarandos off in an Instagram post on October 14 for the release of the Chappelle thesis.

The organizers of last week’s walkout said they plan to present Sarandos with a range of staff requirements. They are also expected to require the streaming service to agree to release more content that reflects the LGBTQ community.


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