Comedian Dave Chappelle stated Monday that he was willing to meet with those who are calling for Netflix to remove “The Closer”, his October comedy special. “
But Chappelle stated that any meeting must be on his terms. “You won’t summon me. “
“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end,” he said in a video posted Monday to Instagram. “You must attend a place and time that I choose. Thirdly, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby isn’t funny. “
Gadsby, a comedian whose work has also been streamed on Netflix, said on Instagram that Chappelle’s special would unleash “hate and anger” for the LGBTQ community as Chappelle makes millions of dollars “to process his emotionally stunted partial world view. “
Gadsby didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment.
“The Closer” featuring Chappelle’s views on transgender identity and rights has outraged many in the LGBTQ community .
Dozens of Netflix employees walked out of the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles on Wednesday to protest its continued streaming of the special. The company’s CEO, Ted Sarandos, has held fast with Chappelle, but he said Oct. 19 that “I screwed up” when it came to communicating with employees genuinely hurt by Chappelle’s words.
” “I should have led more humanity,” he stated in an interview with Variety. “It meant that I had employees who felt pain and hurt because of a decision we made. This is something that I believe should be recognized before we get into the details of any project. That was not what I did. “
Rodrigo Heng–Lehtinen was the executive director at the National Center for Transgender Equality. He argued via email that Chappelle’s offer of meeting with Netflix’s transgender employees would not change his words.
” Although the stakes are high, sometimes people who don’t know transgender people are unable to see or comprehend how damaging their words and actions can be to them.” he stated.
Chappelle thanked Sarandos on Monday for being there for him when others weren’t.
Chappelle’s Instagram video, recorded onstage in front of an audience, focused on how the uproar is affecting his own right to exist.
He said that since the “The Closer” debuted to instantaneous backlash on Oct. 5, he’s had trouble releasing his documentary, “Untitled. He said that the documentary about stage comedy in an Ohio cornfield to react to the pandemic, and the murder of George Floyd has been removed from all venues.
“And today, no film company, movie studio, or film festival will touch this film,” said he. Thank God for Ted Sarandos, Netflix and YouTube. He is the only one who hasn’t cancelled me yet. “
He used the moment to promote the showing of “Untitled” in 10 cities next month.
Chappelle stated that the backlash was not caused by the transgender community. He blamed corporate media.
“He said that although the media portrays it as me against that community, it is not true. “Do not put the LGBTQ community at fault for this [expletive].. They have nothing to do. It is all about corporate interests, and what I can and cannot say. “
Chappelle ended his video statement by suggesting that he has yet to be fully “canceled. “
” You have to answer the question “Am I canceled? or not?” He said.
The crowd yelled “No. “
“Then let’s go,” Chappelle said. “Thanks very much and have a great night. “