Comedian Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix stand up special, “The Closer,” which he has suggested will be his last, provoked strong angry reactions from the transgender community after Chappelle made them subjects of his comedy.
Since his return to stand up comedy specials, Chappelle has repeatedly sparred with the LGBT community. At one point in his most recent special, Chappelle told the story of his transgender comedian friend who defended him on Twitter after his original special was derided by transgender people. Chappelle explained that his friend faced abuse from the transgender community for defending Chappelle, and took her life soon after.
According to Reclaim the Net, an internal memo written by Netflix’s CEO and obtained by the media reveals the company’s intention to stand behind the successful comedian.