Comedian Hannah Gadsby to Netflix: shits with more backbone

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Comedian Hannah Gadsby last night fired back after Netflix used her name to defend itself against recent criticism over a Dave Chappelle special. In an angry Instagram post, the comedian let fly at the streaming giant’s chief executive. “I do shits with more backbone.”

Homophobic and transphobic content in Dave Chappelle’s The Closer prompted outrage earlier this week. Human rights organisations spoke out about the special and Netflix staff threatened to strike.

Jaclyn Moore, trans writer and co-showrunner on Netflix’s Dear White People, said she would no longer work with the platform. She described The Closer to The Hollywood Reporter as ‘blatantly and dangerously transphobic’.

“[Chappelle] says, ‘Please stop punching down’. I don’t know in what world trans women control the universe because from where I’m sitting, Dave Chappelle has all the specials, all the money, all the things. I just want my friends to not get killed.”

In response, executive Ted Sarandos issued a statement defending the inclusion of Chappelle in the platform’s programming.

“We are working hard to ensure marginalised communities aren’t defined by a single story. So we have Sex Education, Orange Is The New Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix. Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself.”

Comedian Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby, who has two comedy specials on the giant, took to Instagram, telling Netflix to leave her out of it.

“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn‘t drag my name into your mess.

“Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view.

“You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real-world consequences of the hate speech dog-whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted.

“F__k you and your amoral algorithm cult … I do shits with more backbone than you.

“That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.”

Aussie comedian Hannah Gadsby is so far the most prominent Netflix alumni to publicly disagree with the streaming giant over the Chappelle special.


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