Dave Chappelle: ‘I Said What I Said’ About Trans Community in Netflix Special

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Chappelle has been in hot water in recent weeks following the release of his comedy special Closer, where critics said he made offensive and explicit jokes toward the transgender community. 

Comedian Dave Chappelle is willing to sit down with members of the LGBTQ+ community over claims he perpetuates transphobia but is sticking behind his Netflix comedy special, according to PEOPLE.  

“It was said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true,” Chappelle said in an Instagram video on Monday.  

Chappelle has been in hot water in recent weeks following the release of his comedy special Closer, where critics said he made offensive and explicit jokes toward the transgender community.  

In the special, the comedian defended the rapper DaBaby and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. He also referenced trans women’s genitals as “Beyond P—y or Impossible P—y,” BNC previously reported.  

“If they invited me, I would have accepted it, although I’m confused about what we’re speaking about,” he said in the clip he shared on Instagram. “I said what I said. And, boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.” 

Following the special and the almost immediate blowback from LGBTQ+ advocates, Chappelle said that he wasn’t fazed by the criticisms. “If this is what being canceled is about, I love it. I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad motherf—–. This is the kindness conspiracy.”  

Earlier this month, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Chappelle’s brand of comedy is linked with “ridiculing people and other marginalized communities.”  

“For the record, and I need you to know this. Everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supporting,” Chappelle said. “So, I don’t know what all this nonsense is about.” 

RELATED: Dave Chappelle Open To Chat With Netflix Team After Walkout Over Special 

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