Former champion decathlete Caitlyn Jenner-backed comedian Dave Chappelle faced backlash from a certain section of the LGBTQ+ community over his jokes on the transgender community.
Dave Chappelle made fun of the transgender community in his comedy special episode, The Closer, on Netflix. It drew a heated online debate between drawing a line between commentary and hate.
Transpeople within Netflix had attacked the streaming service, saying that the comedian had attacked the trans community, and also their validity of transness. They said that Chappelle was trying to pitch them against other marginalized groups.
The controversy had gone viral and rapidly spiraled into a conversation about free speech and cancel culture. It created controversy within Netflix about where the company draws a line between commentary and transphobia.
Caitlyn Jenner Stresses That The Controversy Is Unnecessary
Netflix has been firm in its decision to stand by the comedian and allow The Closer to remain on the streaming platform.
Caitlyn Jenner stressed that Chappelle was right. The controversy was not about the LGBTQ movement but woke culture gone berserk.
Chappelle has said in an Instagram video that he would be willing to meet his critics, but would not go out of his way to appease them. He said that it was more about certain sections of the community trying to stifle his free speech.
Caitlyn Jenner agreed with Chappelle that the backlash had nothing to do with the LGBTQ movement. She said that we should never bow or yield to those wishing to stop us from speaking our minds.
Chappelle has said that Netflix employees could meet him, but he has set 3 conditions. He said only those who had watched the complete episode of The Closer would be allowed. He further said that they would meet at a place and time of his choosing. He also said that they must acknowledge that Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, a queer, was not funny. Dave Chappelle has pointed out that he is the only victim in this episode as he cannot attend office anymore.