Dave Chappelle Won’t Bend to Demands of Transgender Community Over Netflix Special ‘The Closer’

Dave Chappelle has responded to the backlash from his latest Netflix special, The Closer.

In the comedy special, Chappelle declares himself “team TERF” (which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and makes a number of jokes many have considered “transphobic”.

In a video posted to Instagram, Chappelle addressed the criticism and doubled down on his stance: “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone’s demands.”

He went on to say: “And if you want to meet with me, I am more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

The remark directed at Gadsby is a reply to the comedian’s recent criticism of Chappelle and Netflix for airing the special which she labelled “hate speech”.

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Source: Independent