Dave Chappelle Open To Chat With Netflix Team After Walkout Over Special
In SummaryIt appears Dave Chappelle is ready to put the LGBTQ+ controversy behind him following the Netflix walk-out over his special “The Closer,” as his rep said he’s open to sitting down for a conversation.
It looks like Dave Chappelle is finally ready to put “The Closer” controversy behind him, because his representative shared with PEOPLE’s Glenn Garner that he’s ready to sit down with Netflix employees.
The five-time Emmy Award winner found himself at the center of cancel culture requests following comments he made in the Netflix special in reference to the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender people.
Chappelle made rude and explicit jokes in the special, including defending rapper DaBaby’s harsh comments and referring to trans women’s lady parts as “Beyond P—y or Impossible P—y.” “Team TERF,” which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist,” was also referenced by the comedian.
LGBTQ+ advocacy groups GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition both called out the comedian and Netflix for “ridiculing trans people,” saying Chappelle’s brand has become “synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
Rolling Stone’s Jon Blisten reports that a representative for Chappelle said, “Dave stands by his Art. Both sides of the street are talking and Dave is listening. At some point, when everyone is open, I’m sure our communities will come together. As Dave said in his special, ‘No more jokes about transgenders until we can all laugh together.’”
Chappelle was invited to engage in a debate about the harm his special has caused the trans community, but he “won’t show up,” according to transgender activist Ashlee Marie Preston, who organized the employee walk-out and protest at Netflix.
“That’s not ‘cancel culture,’ but an avoidance of accountability. He’s no victim. The man is worth $50M. Unlike many trans people his comedy stigmatizes—he’ll live,” Preston said in a tweet.
Preston did not contact Chappelle about the walk-out protest, his representative told PEOPLE, adding that the comic is, indeed, open to speaking with any organization.