Dave Chapelle RETURNS to Netflix despite being ‘cancelled’ after furious backlash over transgender comments in his special The Closer
Netlfix announced Monday that Chapelle will be headlining their Netflix Is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl next year that will be partially filmed for an upcoming series.
It comes just a few months after Chappelle faced calls to be canceled over jokes made in his stand-up special which was almost entirely centered around members of the LGBTQ+ community.
He’s back! Dave Chapelle RETURNS to Netflix despite being ‘cancelled’ after furious backlash over transgender comments in his special The Closer (Pictured, 2019)
The comedian courted controversy with his jokes in which he asserts ‘gender is a fact,’ and criticizes what he says is the thin skin of the trans community.
His jokes were based upon earlier observations made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s who in 2019 stated that transgender women were not actually women and were a threat to her identity.
The backlash grew so heated that transgender employees at Netflix staged a walkout to protest the streaming service for airing the special, and CEO Ted Sarandos apologized for his communications to staff about the special.
The 11-day comedy festival features over 130 artists performing at 25 venues across Los Angeles from April 28 through May 8, including the likes of Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Chris Rock and Ali Wong.