Dave Chappelle drags Hannah Gadsby in response to Netflix backlash

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Dave Chappelle has sledged Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby in a response to the backlash around his latest Netflix stand-up special.

The comedian’s special The Closer released on the streaming service earlier this month.

He and Netflix came under fire over his comments demeaning and ridiculing transgender people.

The special sparked weeks of internal blowback within the streaming company, including an employee walkout backed by several Netflix stars.

Chappelle has now posted a clip to Instagram from a recent live show, addressing the controversy.

In the video, the comedian brushed off the criticism from the queer community and instead blamed the media and “corporate interests”.

“Everyone I know from that community has been nothing but loving and supportive,” he said.

“So I don’t know what this nonsense is about. This has nothing to do with them. This is about corporate interests and what I can and can’t say.”

Chappelle said film festivals “began disinviting me” from airing an upcoming documentary film soon after the controversy.

The comedian also denied reports he’d refused a meeting with trans employees at Netflix.

“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me,” he said.

“I am not bending to anyone’s demands. If you want to meet with me, I am more than willing to. But I have some conditions.

“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end.

“You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”


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But many weren’t impressed with Chappelle’s Gadsby sledge.

Hannah Gadsby cops ‘hate and anger’ from Dave Chappelle fans

Last week, Hannah Gadsby slammed Netflix boss Ted Sarandos last week after Sarandos cited her comedy specials Nanette and Douglas, alongside Chappelle’s, as examples of diversity of content on Netflix.

Sarandos defended Chappelle’s special and denied the comedian’s routine “translates to real-world harm”.

Gadsby wrote on Instagram, “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 s__ts 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.”

Now is probably a great time to mention Hannah Gadsby is on tour too, with her new show Body of Work.

And all but one of her Brisbane shows next month are sold out. Just saying.


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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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