Veteran comedian Dave Chappelle has said some pretty wild things during his longstanding comedy career — season 1 of Chappelle’s Show speaks for itself! — but no one could’ve expected the backlash he’s been facing since making disparaging jokes at the expense of transgender people in his new Netflix comedy special, The Closer.
Although many assumed the stand-up icon would stand firm on his comments, many were surprised that even Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos was supportive of the free speech as well. As a result, he may see a large portion of his staff stage a walk-out next week.
According to Okayplayer, as many as 1,000 employees have sent messages of concern to Netflix executives in protest of Chapelle’s viral comedy special for the insensitive remarks he made against the trans community. When Sarandos and Global head of TV Bela Bajaria decided to move forward with promo and release, it led to one employee suggesting a company-wide “day of rest” via a message on Slack sent to hundreds of other staff members.
More on how this has all played out so far over at Netflix HQ, via The Los Angeles Times:
“‘I encourage all [members of] Trans* and allies not to work for Netflix that day. … As we’ve discussed through Slack, email, texts and everything in between, our leadership has shown us that they do not uphold the values for which we are held,’ a Netflix employee posted Monday in a public company Slack channel comprising more than 800 staffers representing ‘gender minorities of all sorts and their allies,’ in a message reviewed by The Times.
‘Between the numerous emails and non-answers that have been given, we have been told explicitly that we somehow cannot understand the nuance of certain content. I don’t know about you, but asking for us to show the whole story and not just the pieces that harm trans and [LGBTQ+] people is not an unreasonable ask,’ the employee’s Slack statement continued.
‘So, I encourage us all to state clearly that we, as Netflix employees are stunning not simply when we are doing the work that our roles demand of us but also when we challenge the very principles of our company.’”
So far the walk-out is scheduled for October 20, and will include members of the Netflix employee resource group Trans* and their allies.
Do you think Dave is deserving of all this backlash, or are we simply living in a generation that can’t take a joke? Sound off!
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Dave Chappelle Releases ‘The Closer’ & Twitter Shares Cheers & Jeers
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Dave Chappelle: "Apparently they dragged me on Twitter. I don't give a fuck, because Twitter is not a real place."— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) October 6, 2021
The wisest words for anyone on Social Media.
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I'd bet my life 90% of the negative comments about Dave Chappelle "the closer" special didn't even watch it. That shit was funny AND thought provoking, AND touching. Fr fr had men tearing up when he talked about is tans friend. He's a master at his craft. pic.twitter.com/x7bTxVWTkw— Broke Bobbys black friend (@KWuu47) October 6, 2021
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The highlight of Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” was definitely these bitter white ladies stone-faced while everyone else was dying at the beet juice/feminist bit. 💀😭 pic.twitter.com/LWggspeLBH— Josh Sánchez (@joshnsanchez) October 6, 2021
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I see the expected Dave Chappelle criticism is here. To those who will criticize without watching, remember Daphne. pic.twitter.com/YYCetqxHrz— Josh Sánchez (@joshnsanchez) October 5, 2021
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Dave Chappelle after "The Closer" special. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/iC4Lh0UZO7— Sheriff (@Sheriff_263) October 6, 2021
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Dave Chappelle doesn’t care if your Black ass keeps defending him and laughing at his progressively unfunny ass jokes because you want to look cool and edgy. You’re not his audience in 2021. He’d rather tap dance for Joe Rogan’s fans.— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) October 6, 2021
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I recommend everyone listen to Dave Chappelle’s most recent special The Closer and his comments on empathy. He did a masterful job of explaining that you not have to agree with someone to respect them, love them or simply be their friend. ✌️— Santiago Capital (@SantiagoAuFund) October 6, 2021
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I still can't believe dave chappelle died in 2005 😔— ye 🌍 (@yedoye_) October 6, 2021
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