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Dave Chappelle Says He’s Open To Discussing With LGBTQ Community After Controversial “Transphobic” Comedy Special

American stand up comedian Dave Chappelle says he is open to a discussion with the LGBTQ community after controversial transphobic comments.

Dave Chappelle Says He Is Open To A Discussion With LGBTQ Community After Controversial Transphobic Comment
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The 48-year-old extended the offer to any transgender person who wanted to sit down with him although, he did have a few conditions.

“It was said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true,” he said in a video posted to Instagram on Monday 25th October which appeared to be taken during a recent stand-up comedy show.

 

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“If they invited me, I would have accepted it, although I’m confused about what we’re speaking about. I said what I said. And, boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.” he continued.

Chappelle added that he doesn’t “blame” the LGBTQ community for the controversy, claiming that “it’s about corporate interest.”

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“For the record, and I need you to know this. Everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supporting. So I don’t know what all this nonsense is about.” he continued. ”

The comedian also told the audience that his upcoming documentary about his summer 2020 comedy tour, titled “Untitled”, has been excluded from film festivals because of the backlash against “The Closer”. “Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix. He’s the only one who didn’t cancel me yet,” Chappelle said.

He concluded by insisting that he’s open to meeting with any members of the transgender community but joked that he has several conditions they must meet first.

“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 anybody’s demands,” he said. “And if you want to meet with me, I’d be 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 [Australian comedian and fellow Netflix star] Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

In “The Closer”, which premiered this month on Netflix, Chappelle made several jokes that targeted the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender people. The streamer has since faced mounting criticism from viewers and employees over providing a platform for anti-LGBTQ views.

 

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