Dave Chappelle has spoken out in regards to the controversy over his Netflix particular “The Closer” in a brand new stand-up video, saying that he’s keen to fulfill with transgender Netflix staff or different members of the trans neighborhood, however gained’t bend “to anybody’s demands.”

In the video, Chappelle remained unapologetic in regards to the particular — which was accused of containing transphobic and homophobic remarks and led to a walkout at Netflix — saying: “I said what I said.”

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true — if they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about,” Chappelle stated within the video. “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. It seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”

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Chappelle claimed that the controversy was about “corporate interests” and that some members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood have been supportive of him.

Dave Chappelle remained unapologetic about his special 'The Closer' — which was accused of containing transphobic and homophobic remarks and led to a walkout at Netflix.

Dave Chappelle remained unapologetic about his particular ‘The Closer’ — which was accused of containing transphobic and homophobic remarks and led to a walkout at Netflix.
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“I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it that it’s me versus that community, that is not what it is. Do not blame the LBGTQ [sic] community for any of this s–t. This has nothing to do with them. It’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say,” Chappelle stated. “For the record, and I need you to know this, everyone I know from that community has been loving and supporting, so I don’t know what all this nonsense is about.”

Chappelle additionally spoke about his upcoming documentary about his summer time 2020 comedy tour, claiming that it has now been excluded from movie festivals.

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“This film that I made was invited to every film festival in the United States and some of those invitations I accepted. When this controversy came out about ‘The Closer,’ they began disinviting me from these film festivals,” Chappelle claimed. “And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”

Drag queen Eureka O'Hara speaks to a counter protester during a rally in support of the Netflix transgender employee walkout ‘Stand Up in Solidarity’ to protest the streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 20 2021.

Drag queen Eureka O’Hara speaks to a counter protester throughout a rally in assist of the Netflix transgender worker walkout ‘Stand Up in Solidarity’ to protest the streaming of comic Dave Chappelle’s new comedy particular, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 20 2021.
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Though Chappelle stated he was keen to fulfill with members of the trans neighborhood, he jokingly listed off a slew of circumstances that must be met: “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. 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 Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Chappelle closed out the video by saying he plans to make his film accessible in 10 cities, after which requested the viewers: “Am I canceled or not?”

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The launch of “The Closer” resulted in a reckoning at Netflix, with co-CEO Ted Sarandos defending the particular and trans staff and allies of the streamer internet hosting a walkout in protest on Oct. 20. During the walkout, organized by Ashlee Marie Preston, “a list of firm asks” was offered to Sarandos, and Preston instructed Variety that Chappelle was invited to talk to the organizers, however refused the chance.