Cancel Culture is threatening to shut down Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer”.
The always outspoken stand-up comic is pressing the public’s buttons again — and a swelling wave of culture critics and activist organizations are calling for its brand-new Netflix special to be taken off the streaming giant’s list.
The special — the sixth and final in the Emmy winner’s big-buck deal with Netflix — premiered on Tuesday, and immediately fanned the flames of controversy with incendiary jokes about transgender women.
Chappelle, 48, is also being accused of defending problematic comments by rapper DaBaby and “Harry Potter” writer JK Rowling, as well as facing criticism for cracking down on the trans community in a previous special “Equiminity” Is. “sticks Stones.”
In “The Closer”, Chappell announces that he is “TEAM TERF!” Joining Rowling in (abbreviation for Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminist), and over the summer mixed rapper Dabi’s homophobic statements on a show with systemic racism.
“In our country, you can shoot and kill a [N-word] — but you better not hurt a gay man’s feelings,” Chappelle said on stage, referring to the 2018 shooting incident involving the rapper at Walmart, North Carolina. The 19-year-old victim later died Went.
The brewing backlash is substantial — but perhaps most shocking is Netflix’s own reaction: Jacqueline Moore, executive producer and showrunner of the streaming giant’s “Dear White People.”
Moore apparently declared himself “done” with Netflix.
“I love a lot of the people I’ve worked with at Netflix,” she shared on twitter After detailing his own transition in an emotional post. “Fantastic people and officers who have been allies and fought for important art,” Moore continued. “[But] I will not work with them as long as they continue to openly and dangerously profit from transphobic content.”
Meanwhile, the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group focused on the LGBTQ+ community, prepares Netflix to pull “The Closer” from its menu.
“With 2021 the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — most of whom are black transgender people — Netflix should know better,” NBJC executive director David Johns said in a statement to Deadline. “Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence. Netflix should immediately remove ‘The Closer’ from its platform and apologize directly to the transgender community.”
The LGBTQ+ advocacy leaders at GLAAD also condemned the acclaimed comic’s pattern of outrageous jokes, declaring: “Chapel’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
Chappelle and Netflix’s Reps have so far declined to comment on the negative discussion, but the comic addressed the LGBTQ+ community directly in “The Closer,” saying he has no “hate” for them.
“Oh, I’m jealous. I’m not the only black person who feels that way. We look at the gay community, we go, ‘Goddamn it – look how well this movement is going! Look how good you are What are you doing.’ And we’ve been stuck in this predicament for hundreds of years. f–k are you making that kind of progress?”
However, Chappelle claimed that there is a big difference between “old school gangsta homosexuals” who fought for change during the Stonewall era.
“I’m not that fond of these new gays. Overly sensitive. Too brittle. They’re not the gays I grew up with. . . They fought for their freedom. I respect that s–t.”