Dave Chappelle, the American comedian whose recent Netflix special generated a transgender reaction, has retaliated against those who want to ‘cancel’ him.
In response to complaints that his comedy show was transphobic, Chappelle stated on Instagram that he was willing to meet members of the transgender community.
He then asked viewers to vote on whether he should be “cancelled.”
It comes after a tiny demonstration outside Netflix’s Los Angeles offices last week. Chappelle’s Netflix show The Closer, in which he declares that gender is a reality and that LGBT people are very sensitive, has enraged critics.
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, apologised for how he handled internal employee dissatisfaction, saying, “I screwed up.”
According to CNN, Chappelle’s video was shot at his performance in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday and shared on his Instagram account on Monday. It was his first public response to criticism since the premiere of his show on October 5. He was on the show with Joe Rogan, a prominent podcaster.
“I was asked to speak to transgender employees at Netflix, and I declined,” Chappelle, 48, told the crowd.
“That isn’t the case. If they had invited me, I would have accepted. Even if I’m not really sure what we’re discussing. You said that you wish to work in a secure environment at Netflix. “ Well, it appears that I’m the only one who can no longer go to work.”
“I am more than willing to give the transgender community a platform,” he added. However, you will not summon me. “I’m not going to comply with anyone’s requests.”
Last week, Netflix claimed a global membership total of 213.5 million, a new high. Chappelle also claimed that his latest documentary, Untitled, was denied screenings at film festivals as a result of the special.
“Today, no film company, studio, or festival will touch my film,” he claimed, urging viewers to see his new film and determine whether or not he should be “cancelled or not.”