The coalition is disappointed that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s "lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform."
The National Black Justice Coalition shared an official statement denouncing Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special 'The Closer,' and asking Netflix to remove it.
The comedy special received massive backlash for Dave Chappelle’s controversial comments against the LGBTQ+ community. Netflix subscribers marked it as hate speech, Netflix employees took a stand against the show, and now the National Black Justice Coalition is asking the streamer to remove the comedy special from the platform.
Speaking to Deadline, The National Black Justice Coalition’s executive director David Johns said:
“Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”
“It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform.
"With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence.”
“Make no mistake: Black LGBTQ+ and same-gender people exist – and have always existed. The fight against oppression is not a zero-sum game, and the pervasiveness of white supremacy in the United States is not an excuse for homophobia or transphobia.
In 'The Closer,' Dave Chappelle branded himself as a TERF — trans-exclusionary radical feminist — while defending J.K. Rowling’s transphobic views.
He also said the following statement that caused the public outrage:
“Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those pussies that they got… you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not pussy, but it’s Beyond Pussy or Impossible Pussy. It tastes like pussy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood, that’s beet juice.”
Aside from the National Black Justice Coalition, another major group has also criticized Netflix for giving Dave Chappelle the platform for this type of content.
Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree. https://t.co/yOIyT54819— GLAAD (@glaad) October 6, 2021
GLADD, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation took to Twitter to call out the streaming giant. The group cited the 38 violent hate-related deaths of transgender people, most of them Back and people of color.
As of this writing, Netflix still hasn't pulled out 'The Closer' from its streaming service.
Meanwhile, Dave Chappelle seems to be unaffected by the uproar and is neither scared of cancel culture.
"If this is what being canceled is about, I love it," Chappelle recently said to a cheering crowd after a screening of his documentary about the comic summer camp he started last year in his Ohio hometown.