Dave Chapelle in hot water for Netflix special
Dave Chappelle is in hot water again over backlash for some of his comments in his latest Netflix comedy special, "The Closer."
During the special, Chappelle says "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." He also makes jokes about transgender women.
Back in 2019, Chapelle got in trouble for ter making jokes about Caitlyn Jenner in his "Equanimity" special, in addition to jokes about the trans community in his 2020 "Sticks and Stones" special.
The National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, called on Netflix to pull the special Wednesday.
"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," David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, said in a statement. "Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community."
LGBTQ+ activist Taylor Ashbrook tweeted her disappointment Tuesday. "As a trans woman, I have usually defended Dave Chappelle's specials because I think they're hilarious and his jokes about trans women never felt intentionally malicious," she wrote. "The Closer changed my mind on that. That special felt so lazy and disingenuous and I'm really disappointed."