Netflix is making headlines via the latest film by Dave Chappelle. The stand-up special Sticks & Stones hits on various topics such as Kevin Hart’s past coming back to haunt him which cost him hosting the Academy Awards. Michael Jackson’s latest accusations that occurred a decade of his passing, Louis C.K. being accused of sexual misconduct, the LGBTQIA or “Alphabet People” being offended by his jokes, and, the still very controversial topic of R. Kelly and underage girls.
Chappelle alleged that “Surviving R. Kelly” director Dream Hampton contacted him to be apart of the series. He said he turned her down but was surprised to hear his name being mentioned after the docuseries aired. “Dream’s promoting the sh*t and she keeps bringing me up. She said, ‘I asked Dave Chappelle to be in my documentary, and he said it was too hot for TV.’ B*tch, I did not say that. That does not even sound like how I talk.” Chappelle then mocked her by overexaggerating the word, “Too hot for TV.”
Michael Jackson’s estate has issued a statement following Chappelle’s controversial Netflix special, Sticks & Stones. John Branca, the co-executor of the singer’s estate told TMZ, “We agree with Dave Chappelle – these guys are damn liars. After years of exploiting Michael’s generosity, they waited until he was gone and unable to defend himself before accusing him. They did this in secrecy. They did not do any independent investigation.”
On the actual documentary itself, Branca added, “They interviewed only two guys out of the thousands who visited Neverland – oh, and surprise surprise – they are the only two with lawsuits for hundreds of millions of dollars. Why wasn’t their financial interest disclosed? The whole documentary is bogus. Robson and Safechuck are liars and they know the truth, which is why Dave’s comedy touched a nerve.”
Both Wade Robson and James Safechuck have issued statements regarding Chappelle’s comments but Robson doubled down in a statement targetting Chappelle, MJ, and Netflix.
“1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18, and considering their actions, Dave Chappelle, Netflix, and the Michael Jackson Estate, who have recently supported Chappelle’s views, are part of the problem. I believe we can and should do better than this,” he told TMZ.