Netflix employees take a stand against Dave Chappelle's controversial statements. The comic sparks LGBTQ+ controversy for explicit jokes about trans women's bodies.
Dave Chappelle is currently under fire for his controversial remarks on his latest Netflix comedy special, 'The Closer.'
'The Closer' arrived on Netflix on October 5 and instantly met backlash for Chappelle's controversial comments on the LGBT community.
Even Netflix's current and former employees shared their disgust on the comedian's statements, who says he is team TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist).
People declare some of his statements as hate speech. Here is an example:
“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.”
Netflix employees have taken to the internet their reactions to Chappelle's show, pointing out how Netflix's decision to give TERF a platform directly harms trans people.
“Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act. This is not an argument with two sides. It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be," @RainofTerra, Senior Software Engineer for Netflix, tweeted.
Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act. This is not an argument with two sides. It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don't want us to be.— 🎃 Terra Fied 👻 (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
Under the same thread, she proceeded to list over 38 transgender people, who mostly were Black or people of color. She discussed their tragic deaths, and ended each statement with a satirical "not offended."
Tyianna Alexander, a 28-year-old Black trans woman who was shot to death in Chicago on January 6th. Friends said she had "good energy".— 🎃 Terra Fied 👻 (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
Tyianna is not offended.
“38 members of our community who are dead because our society devalues trans people and trans experiences. 38 people who just wanted to be themselves. 38 people who in many cases struggled with not having the means to transition the way they wanted to, but did it anyway.
These are the people that a callous disregard for the lives of trans people by our society have taken from us, and they all deserved better,” she added.
Meanwhile, Jaclyn Moore writer and showrunner on the series 'Dear White People' said that she "will not work with [Netflix] as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously homophobic content."
I love so many of the people I've worked with at Netflix. Brilliant people and executives who have been collaborative and fought for important art... But I've been thrown against walls because, "I'm not a 'real' woman." I've had beer bottles thrown at me. So, @Netflix, I'm done. https://t.co/2naqrzW0G2— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021
Moore transitioned during the production of the show's final season. She told the Wrap that her colleagues respected and supported her.
However, Chappelle's recent show made her decide to sever her ties with Netflix, saying she "can’t be a part of a company that thinks that’s worth putting out and celebrating.”
“Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he’s a TERF. He compared my existence to someone doing blackface. He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad.
And then he ended his special with a “but I had a trans friend” story. He says we don’t listen. But he’s not listening. Those words have real-world consequences. Consequences that every trans woman I know has dealt with. Bruises and panicked phone calls to friends. That’s real.”
And then he ended his special with a "but I had a trans friend" story. He says we don't listen. But he's not listening. Those words have real world consequences. Consequences that every trans woman I know has dealt with. Bruises and panicked phone calls to friends. That's real.— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021