Dave Chappelle posted a segment of a a recent comedy show on his Instagram account. In the segment he talks about the ongoing controversy about his comedy special “The Closer.”
“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused,” Chappelle said. He continued, “That is not true. If they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we are speaking about.
“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. Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”
He said he would be willing to meet with members of the trans community but he had conditions:
“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. 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.”
Gadsby is the woke comedian who attacked Chappelle and Netflix on Instagram. Her name is now trending on Twitter and all of her fans are outraged that Chappelle would dare to criticize her. I’m guessing she’s working on a snappy comeback right now.
Chappelle went on to describe how the controversy had impacted him, causing film festivals to walk away from a documentary about the 2020 comedy shows he held in his hometown.
“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 claimed. “And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film. Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”
“I desperately want people to see this movie, but I understand why investors would be nervous,” he said. He then announced he would be distributing the film to 10 cities so people can see “what they are trying to obstruct you from seeing.”
“You cannot have this conversation and exclude my voice from it. That is only fair. You have to answer the question: Am I canceled or not?!” he said. At that point the crowd cheered back loudly “NO!”
So it sounds like the efforts to punish Chappelle haven’t completely failed. The activists weren’t able to get Netflix to pull “The Closer” but they did scare everyone off from backing his new film. Chappelle is basically encouraging his fans to come out and support it as a way to prove to people the effort to cancel him didn’t work. He said tickets would be on sale in a few days.
So what happens next? Will activists target the theaters that have agreed to show the new film and demand they pull it? Will they take Chappelle up on his offer of a meeting with conditions?
Based on what I’m seeing, I think Chappelle still imagines that he can resolve this and things will go back to how they were or maybe just some kind of truce. But that’s not how the woke operate. Once you are a target and an enemy, you stay that way for good. There is no forgiveness in this faith. There is no desire to have a debate over the issues, only to keep punishing the heretics.
Here’s the full video of Chappelle’s comments.
View this post on Instagram