Comedian, Dave Chappelle, has finally addressed his Netflix transgender controversy.
Chappelle addressed the controversy in a video he posted on his Instagram account yesterday (25 October).
This is after about 100 people protested near the streaming company’s headquarters and he lost opportunities from film festivals.
‘DO NOT BLAME THE LBGTQ COMMUNITY’
The comedian’s backlash with Netflix began when the company released his new comedy special, The Closer, which viewers say ridicules transgender people.
“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to transgender employees at Netflix and I refused.”
“That is not true. If they had invited me I would have accepted it.”
Although I am confused about what we are speaking about … 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.”
Chappelle also states in the video that the media frames the whole situation as him versus the LBGTQI community.
“It’s not what it is.”
“Do not blame the LBGTQ community for any of this sh**.”
“This has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interest and what I can say and what I cannot say.”
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos has acknowledged Chappelle’s provocative language in The Closer and stated that the comedian did not cross the line into inciting violence.
Sarandos acknowledged that he screwed up when he spoke to Netflix’s staff about the special.
Chappelle has also thanked Sarandos for admitting his mistake:
“Thank god for Ted Sarandos and Netflix.”
“He’s the only one who didn’t cancel me yet.”