Dave Chappelle addresses LGBTQ community, agrees to meet under certain conditions

Dave Chappelle has shared a video on his Instagram in which he addressed transgender people. (Photo Credits: Twitter @FaisalAjmad1)

Dave Chappelle has shared a video on his Instagram in which he addressed transgender people. (Photo Credits: Twitter @FaisalAjmad1)

Comedian Dave Chappelle, who has been at the center of controversy following the release of his Netflix special The Closer, has denied claims that he refused to speak to the streamer’s transgender staff. In a video posted on Instagram, Chappell said he was willing to meet with the community, however, only under certain conditions.

As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the 48-year-old comedian, who is currently on a nationwide tour, has said that those who want to attend the meet should watch his special program in full.

In the five-minute clip shared by her, she said, “It has been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender staff of Netflix and I declined. That’s not true.” She also addressed the outrage over the content of her latest special, which drew criticism for derogatory remarks against the transgender community.

“Had they invited me, I would have accepted it, although I’m confused as to what we’re talking about. I just said what I said, and boy, did I hear you What said. Oh my god, how can I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It’s like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office,” he said.

Then he addressed the community directly and said, “You won’t call me.” He laid out specific conditions for them: “I’m not succumbing to anyone’s demands. And if you want to meet me, I’m more willing, but I have some conditions. First, you can’t come if you haven’t.” Have watched my special from start to finish. You must come to the place of my choice when it comes to my selection, and third, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Hadsby was one of the celebrities who joined GLAAD, an organization created to protest defamatory coverage of the LGBTQ community, to speak out against Chappelle’s latest special.

Holding a drink in the video shared, Chappell continued, “I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it that it’s me versus that community, it’s not like that.”

“Don’t blame the LGBTQ community for any of this. It’s about corporate interests, and what I can say, and what I can’t say. For the record, and I need you to know, that community I know everyone is loving and supportive, so I don’t know what the fuck this is about.”

Chappell’s upcoming documentary

The award-winning comedian’s upcoming documentary is a reflection of his 2020 summer camp comedy series. In the video, he shared that his upcoming project has been affected after controversies surrounding The Closer, added THR.

“This film that I made was invited to every film festival in the United States. I accepted some of those invitations. When this controversy came out about The Closer, they asked me to withdraw from these film festivals. began to refuse, and now, today, no film company, no movie studio, no film festival, no one will touch this movie. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one who got me canceled yet not done.”

Furthermore, he highlighted that he will be distributing the untitled documentary with screenings in 10 different cities, which he mentioned in the caption accompanying the post. The cities coincide with their pending November tour dates. According to his post, the cities listed are: San Francisco (11/4), Minneapolis (11/7), Des Moines (11/9), Indianapolis (11/12), Cleveland (11/14), Toronto (11) /15), Cincinnati (11/17), Columbus (11/19), Atlanta (11/21) and New York (11/22).

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