Dave Chappelle says he will meet transgender critics, but he is ‘not giving in to anyone’s demands’

He will meet the “transgender community” that takes issue with his jokes about trans people, he told the audience at a gig in Nashville on Sunday — but “isn’t bowing to anyone’s demands,” he posted said in the video His verified Instagram account.

“The press said I was invited to speak with the transgender staff at Netflix and I declined,” Chappelle said at the beginning of the five-minute clip. “That’s not true. If they had invited me I would have accepted, although I am confused about what we are talking about.

“I just said what I said and boy, did I hear what you said,” he continued, apparently addressing the trans employees at Netflix, some of whom attended a walkout last week After the company continued to defend “The Closer”. “Oh my god, how can I not? You said you wanted a safe working environment at Netflix. It looks like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office anymore.”

“I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it as if it’s me versus that community, it’s not like that. Don’t blame LBGTQ. [sic] Community—- for any of these. They have nothing to do with it. It is about corporate interest and what I can and cannot say.”

“For the record — and I need you to know — I know everyone from that community who is nothing but love and support. So I don’t know what all this crap is about.”

In “The Closer”, Chappelle jokes about trans women’s genitalia and TERF (or Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminists), among other topics. The trans comedian told CNN earlier this month He felt the comments were an example of a betrayal of “ramping” on those with less power and the clever social commentary for which Chappell is known.
In his Nashville set, Chappelle discusses comedy show series They staged in small-town Ohio in the summer of 2020, some of which were filmed for an upcoming documentary. But because of the criticism surrounding “The Closer”, Chappelle told the audience, he has been denied several film festivals and “today, not a film company, not a film studio, not a film festival … will touch this film.” ”
“thank God Ted Sarandos in Netflix, ” he told the audience of the company’s co-CEO. “He’s the only person who hasn’t canceled me yet.”
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“For the transgender community, I’m ready to give you an audience,” he said. “But you will not call me. I am not bowing to anyone’s demands.”

Chappelle said that he has three conditions for those who want to meet him: “You must come to a place of my choice at a time of my choosing. And third, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.” (Gadsby, a gay comedian whose specials “Nanette” and “Douglas” are also streaming on Netflix, Sarandos criticized For standing behind the “closer” earlier this month.)

“You can’t have this conversation and take my voice out of it. It’s only fair,” Chappell said. “You have to answer the question – am I canceled or not? Now let’s go.”

Chappelle announced that the documentary on his pandemic comedy show would be released throughout November in theaters in 10 cities across the US and Canada, with live performances by Chappelle and other guests.