Netflix faces backlash following Dave Chappelle declaring ‘I’m team Terf’ in his show The Closer which premiered earlier this week.
The comedian made the comments while stating his support for JK Rowling.
“They canceled JK Rowling – my God. Effectually she said gender was fact, the trans community got mad as shit, they started calling her a Terf … I’m team Terf.”
The acronym TERF stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist. Originally coined to describe feminists ‘unwilling to recognise trans women as sisters’, Terf is increasingly weaponised by both inclusionary and exclusionary groups. Harry Potter author Rowling is frequently described as a Terf.
Chappelle then followed up with comments on gender and childbirth.
“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. This is a fact.”
The comedian also commented on the recent controversy over rapper DaBaby. The rapper faced widespread earlier this year for slurs against people living with HIV/Aids. Chappelle said he would like to ‘negotiate the release of DaBaby’.
Later in the show, Chappelle directed comments at the LGBTIQ+ communities.
“I am not telling another joke about you until we are both sure that we are laughing together.
“I’m telling you, it’s done, I’m done talking about it. All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people?”
The National Black Justice Coalition responded by asking Netflix to axe the special.
“With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States … Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence.
“Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.
“Make no mistake: Black LGBTQ+ and same-gender people exist – and have always existed. The fight against oppression is not a zero-sum game, and the pervasiveness of white supremacy in the United States is not an excuse for homophobia or transphobia.”
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