Chappelle, one of the biggest names in American comedy, told audiences that “gender is a fact” during his hour Netflix spécial The Closer.
In his first public remarks since controversial, he posted on Instagram that he was ready to discuss his show with members of the transgender community, but added that he “doesn’t go along with anyone’s requests.”
“If they had invited me, I would have accepted it, even though I don’t quite understand what we are talking about,” he continued.
“I said what I said and boy I heard what you said. My god, how could I not?
“You said you wanted a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it looks like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office anymore. “
Last week, the streaming giant’s decision to air the show saw Netflix employees step out in protest. A rally at the company’s offices attracted around 100 people.
Chappelle claimed the controversy had caused him to be shunned from film festivals around the world.
He said: “Today, not a movie company, not a movie studio, not a movie festival, no one will touch this movie.
“Thank goodness for Ted Sarandos and Netflix – he’s the only one who hasn’t canceled me yet. “
Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, admitted he “got it wrong” in the way he handled the controversy among his staff.
However, he said in interviews before the walkout that the language used on the show did not cross the line of incitement to violence.
Chappelle said, “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience.
“But you will not summon me. I do not bend to anyone’s demands. “
A number of Netflix stars have expressed their support for Netflix staff during the walkout.
Elliot Page, who has starred in The Umbrella Academy and is transgender, tweeted: “I stand alongside the trans, non-binary and BIPOC (black, native and colored) employees of Netflix who are fighting for more transgender stories. and better and a more inclusive workplace. ”