Dave Chappelle Fans Face Off Against Netflix Employees Protesting Comedian’s Jokes About Trannies

Chappelle's special marks a flashpoint in the culture war between comedy and leftist cancel culture.

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Hundreds of Netflix employees staged a walkout Wednesday in protest of comedian Dave Chappelle, who made jokes about the transgender community in his latest special “The Closer.”

The walkout was announced shortly after Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said he would not remove Chappelle’s special from the streaming platform.

Videos from the event outside the company’s offices in Los Angeles show confrontations between the protesters and Chappelle fans who showed up to simply say that “jokes are funny.”

One man who showed up to the anti-Chappelle demonstration had his “We Like Dave” signed stolen and was accosted by angry protesters.

The leaders of the walkout also used the anti-Chappelle walkout to release a predictable list of demands to Netflix, including hiring “more trans and non-binary content executives,” and increasing “investment in trans and non-binary content.”

Sarandos eventually apologized to the trans mob Tuesday for not acknowledging their “pain and hurt” regarding his decision to keep Chappelle’s comedy special on the Netflix.

“I screwed up that internal communication,” Sarandos told Variety. “I did that, and I screwed it up in two ways. First and foremost, I should have led with a lot more humanity. Meaning, I had a group of employees who were definitely feeling pain and hurt from a decision we made. And I think that needs to be acknowledged up front before you get into the nuts and bolts of anything. I didn’t do that. That was uncharacteristic for me, and it was moving fast and we were trying to answer some really specific questions that were floating. We landed with some things that were much more blanket and matter-of-fact that are not at all accurate.”

Chappelle poked fun at the trans community and cancel culture throughout his special, but wrapped it up with an important message that jokes are jokes and everyone should be laughing together.

Full video of the protest:


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