(NewsNation now) – Comedian Dave Chappelle said he would meet trans workers on Netflix after their criticism of his latest special, “The Closer”, but was far from reconciling in a video posted on his Instagram page.
“I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not?” said the comedian on stage.
But he was also clear: “I do not bow to anyone’s demands.”
LGBTQ + groups have pushed back against “The Closer” because of what they say is dangerous language that could encourage harm to members of that community. Chappelle insisted he is not transphobic, and part of his special offer includes details of a friendship he had with a transgender comedian who died of suicide.
“Everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supportive, so I do not know what all this nonsense is about,” Chappelle said in the video.
While Chappelle said he would meet with people who are interested, he said he would not be “summoned” and made three demands.
“First, you can not come if you have not seen my special from start to finish. You must come to a place of my choice and a time of my choice. And third, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not fun.”
Gadsby is a trans comedian from Australia.
Chappelle also protested against the cancellation culture in the five-minute video. “You said you want a safe work environment at Netflix,” he said. “Well, it looks like I’m the only one who can ‘t go to the office anymore.”
He told audiences he was unsolicited from film festivals, and distributors like to download his documentary, “Untitled.” He announced a 10-city tour in November to show the film.
“Thank God for Ted Sarandos on Netflix,” Chappelle said. “He’s the only one who has not canceled me yet.”
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