(CNN) — Netflix is defending Dave Chappelle’s new comedy particular after it has been criticized as transphobic by some LGBTQ+ advocates, artists and staff.
Chappelle’s particular, “The Nearer,” which debuted on Netflix final week, consists of a number of minutes of jokes about trans individuals. The comic says within the particular he’s “crew TERF,” referencing the time period for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.”
“Gender is a reality,” Chappelle says. “Each human being on this room, each human being on earth, needed to go via the legs of a lady to be on earth. That may be a reality.”
He talks about backlash he obtained after making jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and different trans individuals in earlier specials, criticizes cancel tradition round creator JK Rowling and references his friendship with Daphne Dorman, a trans lady and fellow comic who opened for him at considered one of his San Francisco exhibits. Dorman died by suicide in 2019, which Chappelle addresses in “The Nearer.”
“A number of of you might have additionally requested the place we draw the road on hate. We do not permit titles on Netflix which are designed to incite hate or violence, and we do not imagine The Nearer crosses that line. I acknowledge, nevertheless, that distinguishing between commentary and hurt is difficult, particularly with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries,” Sarandos wrote to workers. “Some individuals discover the artwork of stand-up to be imply spirited however our members get pleasure from it, and it is an vital a part of our content material providing.”
CNN has not independently verified the e-mail.
Netflix has suspended three staff for attending a digital assembly of administrators and vice presidents final week with out notifying the assembly organizer upfront, in response to a supply with information of the matter.
One of many suspended staff is Terra Area. Area, a senior software program engineer who identifies as queer and trans, had publicly criticized “The Nearer” on Twitter final week. Her suspension is because of her attendance on the assembly and never her tweets, in response to the supply.
“It’s completely unfaithful to say that we have now suspended any staff for tweeting about this present. Our staff are inspired to disagree brazenly and we help their proper to take action,” a Netflix spokesperson advised CNN when requested in regards to the suspensions.
Area, tweeted final week that Chappelle’s particular ridiculed the existence of trans individuals.
“Selling TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) immediately harms trans individuals, it isn’t some impartial act,” Area wrote. “This isn’t an argument with two sides. It’s an argument with trans individuals who wish to be alive and individuals who don’t desire us to be.”
Area ended her thread with the names of 37 trans and gender non-conforming individuals who’ve been killed all through 2021.
GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy group, additionally condemned the feedback made in “The Nearer.”
“Dave Chappelle’s model has turn into synonymous with ridiculing trans individuals and different marginalized communities,” GLAAD tweeted final week. “Adverse critiques and viewers loudly condemning his newest particular is a message to the business that audiences do not help platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree.”
CNN has reached out to representatives of Chappelle.
In “The Nearer,” Chappelle says the particular would be the final time he’ll touch upon trans individuals or points.
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CNN’s Scottie Andrew and Lisa France contributed to this story.