Dave Chappelle won’t ‘bend to demands’ of ‘transgender community’ over ‘Closer’ controversy

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Dave Chappelle is addressing his controversial Netflix drama peculiar “The Closer” aft his comments astir the trans assemblage raised immoderate eyebrows.

The comedian, 48, shared a five-minute video connected Instagram Monday wherever helium performed stand-up and responded to the backlash.

Chappelle stated that helium volition conscionable with transgender Netflix employees; however, helium won’t beryllium “bending to anybody’s demands.”

“To the transgender community, I americium more than willing to springiness you an audience, but you volition not summon me. I americium not bending to anyone’s demands,” Chappelle said successful the clip.

“The Closer” led to a walkout astatine Netflix by transgender employees aft a trans senior bundle engineer, Terra Field, was suspended for slamming Chappelle connected Twitter.

Chappelle seemingly appeared unapologetic astir his remarks, saying, “I said what I said.

“It’s been said successful the property that I was invited to talk to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not existent — if they had invited maine I would person accepted it, though I americium confused astir what we would beryllium speaking about,” Chappelle continued. “I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, however could I not? You said you privation a harmless moving situation astatine Netflix. It seems similar I’m the lone 1 that can’t spell to the bureau anymore.”

The funnyman continued: “And if you privation to conscionable with me, I americium much than consenting to, but I person immoderate conditions … First of all, you cannot travel if you person not watched my peculiar from opening to end. You indispensable travel to a spot of my choosing astatine a clip of my choosing, and thirdly, you indispensable admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Chappelle went connected to explicate that “the media frames it that it’s maine versus that community, that is not what it is. Do not blasted the LBGTQ [sic] assemblage for immoderate of this sh–.

“This has thing to bash with [the LGBTQ community]. It’s astir firm interests and what I tin accidental and what I cannot say,” Chappelle said. “For the record, and I request you to cognize this, everyone I cognize from that assemblage has been loving and supporting, truthful I don’t cognize what each this nonsense is about.”

Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle’s caller drama amusement “The Closer” caused contention for its anti-trans comments. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Chappelle past revealed that his upcoming documentary astir his summertime 2020 drama circuit has been expelled from movie festivals.

“This movie that I made was invited to each movie festival successful the United States and immoderate of those invitations I accepted. When this contention came retired astir ‘The Closer,’ they began disinviting maine from these movie festivals,” the “You’ve Got Mail” prima insisted. “And now, today, not a movie company, not a movie studio, not a movie festival, cipher volition interaction this film. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the lone 1 that didn’t cancel maine yet.”

Ted SarandosNetflix CEO Ted Sarandos.Getty Images

In a memo sent to Netflix employees earlier this month, Sarandos said that the streaming work volition not instrumentality down the special. Gadsby blasted Sarandos and Chappelle implicit their response.

“As with our different talent, we enactment hard to enactment their originative state — adjacent though this means determination volition ever beryllium contented connected Netflix immoderate radical judge is harmful,” the streamer’s CEO wrote.

He went on: “Several of you person besides asked wherever we gully the enactment connected hate. We don’t let titles [on] Netflix that are designed to incite hatred oregon violence, and we don’t judge ‘The Closer’ crosses that line.”