Caitlyn Jenner has come to Dave Chappelle’s defense amid controversy over his Netflix special The Closer, saying the comic is ‘100% right’ to stand up to transgender protesters angered by his gags.
Jenner, the world’s most famous transgender woman, tweeted Tuesday: ‘Dave Chappelle is 100% right.
‘This isn’t about the LGBTQ movement. It’s about woke cancel culture run amok, trying to silence free speech.’
‘We must never yield or bow to those who wish to stop us from speaking our minds,’ the retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete wrote.
She spoke as LGBTQ activists continue to bash the comic for his jokes about the transgender community in the special.
Jenner was also moved to speak-out after transgender employees at the streaming service’s office staged a walkout in protest of the production last week, with Chappelle taking to Instagram Monday to clear the air.
In the video, which contained a clip from one the comedian’s recent sets, Chappelle extinguished rumors that he turned down an invitation to speak with Netflix’s trans employees, and urged fans to not blame the LGBTQ community for the backlash he is currently facing, saying ‘this has nothing to do with them.’
The comic further clarified that ‘even though the media frames it as me versus that community,’ the controversy stems from ‘corporate interests, and what I can say and cannot say.’ Jenner issued her Twitter defense while reposting Chappelle’s speech.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alex Hammer