Netflix Under Pressure To Remove Dave Chappelle's New Standup Show For 'Lazy' Jokes
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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is pressuring Netflix to remove Dave Chappelle's new standup show.
The Closer dropped earlier this week and it is certainly filled with some eyebrow-raising commentary from the American comedian.
While that's to be expected whenever you give Chappelle a microphone and an audience, his comments about J.K. Rowling have angered people across the world.
NBJC executive director David Johns said in a statement to Deadline: "It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle's lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform.
"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, an American non-governmental media monitoring organisation that helps the LGBT community, was also fuming over some of Chappelle's punchlines.
The organisation tweeted: "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."
The hate being directed at Chappelle stems from his commentary about the Harry Potter author, where he defended her views on gender and sex.
"They cancelled J.K. Rowling, my God. Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as s**t, they started calling her a TERF," he said in the Netflix show.
"I'm Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man.
"Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact.
"Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren't women, I am just saying that those p*****s that they got ... you know what I mean? I'm not saying it's not pussy, but it's beyond p***y or impossible p***y. It tastes like p***y, but that's not quite what it is, is it? That's not blood. That's beet juice."
He went on to say that 'people who watch my specials would know that I never had a problem with transgender people'.
Netflix hasn't yet addressed the controversy surrounding the special.