Netflix has been asked to post the latest stand-up special from Dave Chappelle for allegedly discriminatory jokes against transgender people.
The revered US comic said “Gender is a fact” on its show The Closer and shared its support for JK Rowling.
The Harry Potter author was heavily criticized for his comments on the concept of biological sex.
Chappelle said he was “team TERF” – the acronym for trans-exclusive radical feminist.
The advocacy group GLAAD accused Chappelle of distributing “anti-LGBTQ diatribes”.
A tweet on a negative review of The Closer said, “Dave Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.
“Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special are a message to the industry that the public does not support the spread of anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree.”
GLAAD also retweeted a post accusing Chappelle, 48, of “doing stupid routines about #LGBTQ people.”
The National Black Justice Coalition was also critical of the special and asked Netflix to remove it from the platform.
Coalition Executive Director David Johns said, “With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year ever for transgender people in the United States – the majority of whom are black transgender people – Netflix should know better. The perpetuation of transphobia perpetuates violence.
“Netflix should pull The Closer off its platform immediately and apologize directly to the transgender community.”
This isn’t the first time Chappelle, widely considered one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, has been accused of transphobia.
His previous Netflix specials included jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and the trans community.
The Closer is Chappelle’s sixth special with the streaming giant after signing a multi-million dollar deal in 2016.
Netflix and Chappelle have been asked to comment.
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