Netflix employees speak out against Dave Chappelle's new special in which he makes transphobic comments
Dave Chappelleand Netflixare under fire for his sixth standup special, "The Closer."
- Some Netflix employees criticized the company for giving Chappelle a platform to make transphobic comments.
- An executive producer on Netflix's "Dear White People" said that she is done working with the streamer.
Dave Chappelle and Netflix are coming under fire for Chappelle's sixth standup special for the streamer, "The Closer," which debuted on Tuesday.
Jaclyn Moore, who is trans and is an executive producer on Netflix's "Dear White People," tweeted that she would "not work with [Netflix] as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content."
Some Netflix employees also spoke out against the company, criticizing it for giving Chappelle a platform to make transphobic comments.
"Gender is a fact," Chappelle said during the special. "Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth."
Chappelle also supported "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling, who has been criticized for anti-trans comments, by saying "Team TERF!," which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
One Netflix employee tweeted on Wednesday, "Yesterday we launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness - all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups."
"Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act," she added.
Another Netflix employee tweeted on Tuesday, "I didn't expect my job to include supporting the platforming of hate speech when I woke up today, yet here we are."
A Netflix spokesperson declined to comment.
Chappelle has been criticized for transphobic and anti-LGBTQ+ comments in his Netflix specials before. In 2016, Chappelle landed a $60 million deal for three specials, The New York Post's Page Six reported at the time. It's unclear if he was paid more for the other specials.
It's not just Netflix employees who are speaking out against Chappelle and Netflix.
"Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities," GLAAD tweeted on Wednesday. "Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree."
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