Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special, “The Closer,” which debuted on Netflix this month, has been getting rave reviews as well as a lot of criticism from the LGBTQ community for jokes deemed offensive to them. Several organizations, including GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition, have even called for the special to be pulled but Netflix has showed no signs of caving in.
One person who took offense to Chappelle’s latest routine is television showrunner Jaclyn Moore. Moore is transgender and heads up the popular Netflix series “Dear White People,” which centers around the Black student body at an Ivy League college. Moore has stated that she has no desire to work with the streaming giant again because they are supporting Chappelle’s content, which she deems offensive to the trans community.
“I have had beer bottles thrown at me. I have been thrown against a wall for using a women’s bathroom. I would just say it’s ironic that for somebody who famously walked away from a TV show because he felt like the messages of the joke got lost, he doesn’t see what the messages of these jokes do to people. He talks about our feelings being hurt. My feelings are fine, but being thrown against a wall hurts or worrying at night if I can get home safe. That stuff is not theoretical,” Moore told Variety.
“The Closer” is the fifth and final installment in a series of five stand-up specials by Chappelle for Netflix. In the comedy special, the comedian also discusses DaBaby’s homophobic rant and addresses White LGBTQ members who act oppressed but hide behind their White privilege when it’s convenient.
Chappelle seems unfazed by the protests and performed a new set during a sold-out show on Oct. 7 at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl where he received a standing ovation following his performance.
“If this is what being canceled is about, I love it. I don’t know what to tell you, except I’m a bad mother——,” he told the audience.
Check out a clip of “The Closer” on the next page.