Supporters praised comic Dave Chappelle Monday for his response to the controversy surrounding his new Netflix particular “The Closer,” as he declared he was “not bending to anybody’s demands” following left-wing backlash over remarks he made about transgendered individuals.

Critics lambasted Chappelle over the particular, which first aired earlier this month, claiming he had gone “too far” in his jokes, and that he was transphobic and homophobic. A small group of Netflix workers additionally staged a walkout final week to protest the particular.

“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,” Chappelle stated in a video posted to his Instagram, earlier than including sure “conditions” wanted to be met earlier than assembly. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 20: Trans employees and allies at Netflix walkout in protest of Dave Chappelle special on October 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Netflix has decided to air Chappelle’s special, which contains jokes about transgender people, even though some employees have voiced concerns they feel have been ignored by the company. (Photo by )

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 20: Trans workers and allies at Netflix walkout in protest of Dave Chappelle particular on October 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Netflix has determined to air Chappelle’s particular, which accommodates jokes about transgender individuals, though some workers have voiced issues they really feel have been ignored by the corporate. (Photo by )
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Chappelle additionally blamed “corporate interests” for efforts to cancel him following the backlash over the particular, and claimed that the LGBTQ group had really been “loving and supporting” in direction of him. 

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Supporters reacted on social media to Chappelle’s defiance to the criticism, with some imploring him to not bend underneath stress, and others declaring that standing up towards the criticism would cease the “madness” of cancel tradition. 

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A counter protester talks with a demonstrator at 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. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A counter protester talks with a demonstrator at a rally in help 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. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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“Dave Chappelle is not a Republican or a Democrat, he’s a comedian. He’s not supposed to reaffirm your political beliefs, he’s supposed to make jokes. Leave the man alone!” wrote one supporter, whereas one other recommended it will set a foul precedent to cancel him.

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“Man gotta love Dave Chappelle!!!! And all that has an issue with him is EXACTLY what’s wrong with the world…” wrote retired NFL linebacker Nic Harris, whereas one other supporter declared, “When you’re right, never give an inch.”

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Chappelle did, nonetheless, face some criticism over his response to the controversy, with some critics slamming him for eager to dictate as a substitute of pay attention, in addition to for being a millionaire complaining to a packed area about being cancelled. 

Despite the backlash and criticism, Chappelle confirmed no signal of being cancelled after he carried out earlier than a sold-out viewers final week in London, in response to a report from Variety.

Jul 10, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; American comedian Dave Chappelle attends UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 10, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; American comic Dave Chappelle attends UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.