Comic Dave Chappelle on Monday addressed the transgender controversy at Netflix in full for the primary time on a video on his Instagram account, 5 days after about 100 folks protested close to the streaming firm’s headquarters.
The worker backlash started after Netflix Inc determined to launch Chappelle’s new comedy particular, The Nearer, which critics say ridicules transgender folks.
“It’s been stated within the press that I used to be invited to talk to transgender staff at Netflix and I refused,” Chappelle stated within the video. “That isn’t true. If that they had invited me I might have accepted it. Though I’m confused about what we’re talking about. You stated you need a secure working setting at Netflix. Properly it looks like I’m the one one that may’t go to the workplace anymore.”
“I would like everybody on this viewers to know that though the media frames this as me versus that neighborhood, it’s not what it’s,” Chappelle stated. “Don’t blame the LBGTQ neighborhood for any of this shit. This has nothing to do with them. It’s about company curiosity and what I can say and what I can’t say.”
Netflix Chief Content material Officer Ted Sarandos stoked additional unrest with an October 11 workers memo during which he acknowledged Dave Chappelle’s provocative language in The Nearer however stated it didn’t cross the road into inciting violence.
In interviews earlier than the walkout, Sarandos acknowledged “I screwed up” in how he spoke to Netflix’s workers concerning the particular.
In Monday’s video, Chappelle stated that after the controversy he started getting disinvited from movie festivals that had accepted a documentary he made final summer time, and that he’s now making that documentary out there in ten American cities.
“Thank god for Ted Sarandos and Netflix,” Chappelle stated. “He’s the one one who didn’t cancel me but.”