Netflix Stands with Dave Chappelle and Won’t Remove His New Special

Dave Chappelle offended some people with his comments about trans people in his new Netflix special “The Closer”.  But Netflix has his back, and they’re not removing it.

CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the issue in a memo to employees.  He said, “We don’t allow titles (on) Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line.”

He added, “I recognize that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries.  Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”   (You can read the full statement here.)

(There was also a report yesterday that Netflix suspended a trans employee for speaking out against Chappelle, but that’s supposedly not true.  Netflix says the employee, and two others, were suspended for crashing a meeting of the top brass in order to voice their concerns.)