Comedian Dave Chappelle responded to some backlash he has received from trans activists over his new Netflix special "The Closer" with this literal mic drop moment.
(Scroll to the bottom if you haven't seen the clip that triggered the Trans Mob in the first place.)
"It's been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true—if they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about," Chappelle said. "I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I'm the only one that can't go to the office anymore."
"I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it that it's me versus that community, that is not what it is. Do not blame the LBGTQ community for any of this s***. This has nothing to do with them. It's about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say," Chappelle said. "For the record, and I need you to know this, everyone I know from that community has been loving and supporting, so I don't know what all this nonsense is about."
"This film that I made was invited to every film festival in the United States and some of those invitations I accepted. When this controversy came out about ‘The Closer,' they began disinviting me from these film festivals," Chappelle said. "And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film. Thank God for [Netflix co-CEO] Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he's the only one that didn't cancel me yet."
Sarandos sent a staff-wide memo about the Chappelle special, saying "we don't believe 'The Closer' crosses that line" into inciting "hate or violence."
This, of course, added fuel to the fire of the already-triggered blue-haired Netflix employees.
"To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody's demands," Chappelle said to an applause. "And if you want to meet with me, I'd be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny."
That last condition might be the hardest one for them to accept... We'll see.
FYI: Here's the original clip from "The Closer."
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