Comedian Dave Chappelle came under scrutiny for his recent Netflix special The closest – after her comments about the trans community sparked controversy.
In a recent Instagram video posted on Monday, Chappelle addresses the controversial Netflix special in a five-minute clip. Below is a transcript of the video uploaded:
“It was said in the press that I had been invited to speak to transgender employees at Netflix and I refused. This is not true – if they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I’m confused as to what we would talk about. I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you wanted a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems I’m the only one who couldn’t make it to the office. “
“I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media says it’s me against this community, it’s not what it is. Don’t blame the LGBTQ community for all of this. is about the interests of the company and what I can say, and what I cannot say. For the record, and I need you to know this, everyone I know in this community has been loving and supportive , so I don’t know what it is.
“This movie that I made was invited to all film festivals in the United States. Some of these invitations, I accepted. When this controversy erupted about“ The Closer, ”they started to ask me. uninviting from these film festivals. a film company, not a film studio, not a film festival, no one will touch this film. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that hasn’t got me yet canceled.”
“To the transgender community, I’m more than willing to give you an audience, but you won’t call me. I don’t bow to anyone’s requests. And if you want to meet me, I’m more than willing to do that, but I have certain conditions. First, you cannot come if you haven’t watched my special from start to finish. You must come to a location of my choice at a time of my choosing, and third, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny. “