Dave Chappelle may have gone too far this time around with his special as according to a report from Variety, the National Black Justice Coalition is slamming Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix stand-up comedy special and is calling for the streaming giant to pull the show due to what is viewed as homophobia by critics.
The National Black Justice Coalition has issued a statement about The Closer, stating, “It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform,” said NBJC executive director David Johns. “With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”
GLAAD(Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has also chimed in on the Chappelle special, saying, “Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities,” the organization tweeted. “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.”
There have been calls for Netflix to remove the comedy special and a “Dear White People” executive producer refuses to work with Netflix in the future. Netflix hasn’t spoken about the controversy and reportedly declined to do so when Variety reached out, but Chappelle has taken hits over his jokes about trans women, being a TERF (defined as “a feminist who excludes the rights of transgender women from their advocacy of women’s rights), his defense of DaBaby’s homophobic remarks, and more.
“With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better,” NBJC executive director David Johns reportedly said. “Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately pull ‘The Closer’ from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”
Additionally, Dear White People writer, showrunner, and executive producer Jaclyn Moore has stated that she will no longer work with Netflix “as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”
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Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. 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. https://t.co/yOIyT54819
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 6, 2021
Just wondering if anyone senior @netflix saw the Dave Chappelle special and what they had to say about the trans “jokes” within it. Because the reality is that the loss of life in our community caused by cultural insensitivity is no laughing matter. @translashmedia https://t.co/LnhOF7YneR
— Imara Jones (@imarajones) October 7, 2021
Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he's a TERF. He compared my existence to someone doing blackface. He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad.
— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021
“The Closer” by Dave Chappelle was amazing. “Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you’re right.”
— Ken (@YennekNosnah) October 7, 2021