Chappelle, 48, was slammed for derogatory remarks about the transgender community on Netflix The closest. The comic says he’s ready to meet Netflix employees who are upset by his jokes. His representative noted that the protest organizers did not contact him directly about the protest.
“Dave stands up for his art,” a spokesperson for Chappelle told Yahoo Entertainment. “Both sides of the street are talking and Dave is listening. At some point, when everyone is open, I’m sure our communities will come together. As Dave said in his special, ‘No more transgender jokes until we can all laugh together.’ “
Chappelle’s rep added that neither she nor the comedian “received direct contact” from Ashlee Marie Preston, the trans activist who organized the walkout. Preston told reporters that she invited Chappelle “to have a transformative dialogue with us … and he made it clear that she was not interested in that.”
Netflix employees hope the walkout will put pressure on the company to take action in the areas of “investing in content, employee relations and safety, and harm reduction,” according to the company. the company’s trans employee resource group, Trans *.
Netflix released a statement in support of Wednesday’s protest – which also had a number of Chappelle supporters.
“We value our trans colleagues and allies and understand the profound harm that has been caused,” the company said in a statement. “We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to opt out and recognize that we have a lot more work to do both within Netflix and in our content. “
Chappelle suffered backlash from LGBTQ + allies after the October 5 release of The closest.
“Gender is a fact. Every human in this room, every human being on earth, had to go through a woman’s legs to be on earth. It’s a fact, ”said Chappelle in the special. He defended Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has faced allegations of transphobia for years.
“They canceled JK Rowling – my God,” he added. “In fact, she said sex is a fact. The trans community got angry, they started calling it TERF, ”Chappelle continued. (TERF stands for “radical trans-exclusionist feminists,” whose views on feminism are considered anti-trans.)
“I am the TERF team,” said Chappelle. “Gender is a fact. “
Dave Chappelle has been criticized for “making fun of trans people”.