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Dave Chappelle responds to his apparent 'cancelling', claims he’s being silenced

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle. Picture: Mathieu Bitton/Netflix

Published Oct 26, 2021

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The furore from Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special, “The Closer”, has snowballed since the special first premiered three weeks ago.

Last week, a small protest of around 100 people took place outside the Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles as protesters continued to express their displeasure at the special’s transphobic remarks.

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Critics have pointed to how at one point in the special, Chappelle defended JK Rowling’s statement last year by declaring himself a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist).

On Monday night, in his first public reaction since the Netflix comedy special premiere, Chappelle posted a controversial snippet of his performance in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday on his Instagram account. In it, he remains unapologetic about the special.

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to transgender employees at Netflix and I refused,” Chappelle told the audience.

He went on to explain how those reports were false and, if they had indeed invited him, he would have accepted it.

“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience,” he said.

“But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.”

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Chappelle also claimed that the controversy had led to him being uninvited from showing “Untitled”, his latest documentary, at film festivals.

“Today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film,” he said, before announcing that he’d be screening the documentary s at 10 venues across America.

“Thank God for Ted Sarandos (Netflix chief content officer) and Netflix - he is the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”

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