Dave Chappelle’s Latest Netflix Special Doesn’t Cross “The Line On Hate,” Ted Sarandos Says Despite Controversy; Staffer Who Criticized Trans Remarks In ‘The Closer’ Suspended

A Netflix engineer critical on social media about trans remarks Dave Chappelle made in his controversial stand-up special The Closer has been suspended by the streamer as co-CEO Ted Sarandos declares the company doesn't believe the GLAAD-slammed special crosses "the line on hate."
Claiming the timely move had nothing to do with Field throwing shade on one of the streamer's biggest draws, Netflix on Monday (which is National Coming Out Day), issued a bland statement claiming "it is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show." A spokesperson went on to say: "Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so."
In almost the same breath, he added: "This is the kindness conspiracy." At a screening of his Untitled documentary at the Hollywood Bowl on October 7, Chappelle weaved in and out of the matter. "If this is what being canceled is about, I love it," the comedian said onstage in front of the SRO venue after the conclusion of the film directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar.
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. Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. I recognize, however, 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.
In the arena that truly matters to the streamer's execs, Netflix shares are flat today at around $632 in light trading due to the Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday. The company will report its third-quarter earnings next week. The stock has been touching all-time highs in recent sessions, reaching as high as $646.84.
Here is Sarandos' memo from Friday:
Rowling’s social media posts of last year about the transgender community, Chappelle spends most of the last third of his sixth — and perhaps final for a while — special on the streamer taking one dig after another at the aforementioned communities and the strides they have made legally and culturally in recent years. Labeling himself “Team TERF!” (the acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist) in reference to J.K.
Almost simultaneously with Sarandos' memo going public Monday, staffer Terra Field, who lamented in an October 6 tweet that Netflix allowed The Closer to attack "the trans community, and the very validity of transness," has been suspended.
On the other hand, Field, who may or may not have joined a high-level meeting last week along with two other employees that the engineer wasn't supposed to attend, is taking the high road on social media:
So we’re proud of titles like Sex Education, Young Royals, Control Z and Disclosure. In terms of our commitment to inclusion, we’re working hard to ensure more people see their lives reflected on screen and that under-represented communities are not defined by the single story. Externally, particularly in stand-up comedy, artistic freedom is obviously a very different standard of speech than we allow internally as the goals are different: entertaining people versus maintaining a respectful, productive workplace.
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former Dear White People co-showrunner Jaclyn Moore, who transitioned during the pandemic, took to Twitter to say she was "done" with Netflix "as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content." Since the special debuted on October 5. Chappelle cited cancel culture in response to the outcry from GLAAD and other civil rights groups over the comedian's fierce remarks about the trans and LGBTQ+ communities in The Closer.
I wanted to follow up on The Closer – Dave Chappelle’s latest special – as several of you have reached out following QBR asking what to say to your teams. It never feels good when people are hurting, especially our colleagues, so I wanted to give you some additional context. You should also be aware that some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.
"You should also be aware that some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do," Sarandos wrote in a memo (read it in full below) that was sent to employees Friday following a top-tier staff meeting.
"I am not telling another joke about you until we are both sure that we are laughing together," Chappelle says right near the end of The Closer in a personal address to the trans and LBGTQ+ communities. "All I ask from your community – with all humility – will you please stop punching down on my people?"
"It's all about the optics and the relationships — typical Hollywood." "I can only assume Ted did this for preemptive damage control if some big names call out the company and Chappelle," a well-placed individual at the streamer tells Deadline.
Although the Mark Twain Prize winner does speak emotionally in The Closer about his friendship with now-deceased transgender comedian Daphne Dorman, much of his performance is centered on the genitalia of trans women and the apparent rights one oppressed group in America has gained over another. "In our country, you can shoot and kill a [n-word], but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings," the comedian says, in reference to a 2018 incident involving rapper DaBaby — whom Chappelle defends at some length in the special — at a Walmart in North Carolina that saw another man shot to death.
Clearly that's the sentiment Sarandos is hoping permeates.
“Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community," he said in a statement. National Black Justice Coalition executive director David Johns also proclaimed last week that Netflix should be done with The Closer.
As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom – even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why, or My Unorthodox Life. His last special, Sticks & Stones, also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest, and most award winning stand-up special to date. Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him.


Today’s conversation on Entertain the World was timely. We all bring different values and perspectives so thank you for being part of the conversation as it’s important we’re clear about our operating principles. These are hard and uncomfortable issues.

Dave Chappelle’s Pilot Boy Prods Boards ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’ As Podcast Moves To Luminary

The move makes sense given Kweli’s involvement with Chappelle on The Midnight Miracle podcast. Uproxx will continue to lead production on the series, which will now be helped by Chappelle’s Pilot Boy Productions.
“At Uproxx, we are focused on spotlighting the creators who move culture,” said Jarret Myer, Co-Founder of Uproxx. Kweli’s unparalleled passion and talent as an interviewer draws in guests who have defined hip-hop and pop culture—including some of the world's most influential musicians, actors, activists, athletes, and political figures. Now, we are excited to amplify these conversations even further through the Luminary network and by bringing Dave Chappelle’s Pilot Boy Productions on board as Executive Producer.”” /> “People’s Party with Talib Kweli brings this mission to life.
It marks the latest example of exclusivity of hit podcasts, such as The Joe Rogan Experience on Spotify, which also snapped up exclusive rights to sex and relationship series Call Her Daddy last week.
The pair have had guests including DMX, Ice Cube, Lil Kim, Macklemore, The Game, Ice Cube, Lamar Odom, Dax Shepard, Roy Choi, Chuck D. The show, co-created by Kweli and Jarret Myer, is a weekly interview show produced by Uproxx. and Michael Rapaport.
“Luminary welcomes People’s Party with Talib Kweli to our network and we are proud to be the home of Talib’s groundbreaking art,” added Luminary CEO Simon Sutton.
“People's Party has been a labor of love and I am very proud of what we have accomplished over these first 100 episodes. The People's Party is the world’s best podcast and now we have joined Luminary to become the sister podcast to the best podcast in the world, The Midnight Miracle. Dave has always championed this culture that is based in hip hop and he is the vanguard for great art. It makes perfect sense for us to partner with Dave Chappelle's Pilot Boy Productions going forward. I'm largely working with the same partners I had back then, so it's a full circle moment for me,” said Kweli. For me, being a part of both of them feels like when I dropped Black Star and Reflection Eternal over 20 years ago.
The comedian’s Pilot Boy Productions has joined People’s Party With Talib Kweli as an executive producer as the series is moving exclusively to subscription podcast platform Luminary.
It comes as the show’s 101st episode, which dropped earlier today, features Kweli and Chappelle’s friend and Midnight Miracle cohort yasiin bey. Kweli and Bey are Black Star and the group recently released their first new music in more than 20 years.
EXCLUSIVE: Dave Chappelle is doubling down in the podcast space.
The video of each episode will be available on Uproxx’s YouTube channel the Monday following each episode. People’s Party With Talib Kweli will become exclusive to Luminary and Luminary's channel on Apple's subscription podcast service on July 5.

Lucille Ball Notes And Photos To Be Preserved By National Comedy Center

Located in Ball's Jamestown, NY hometown, the Center is undertaking the project to mark the 30th anniversary of her death. Most of the material has not been exhibited before, and the trove of production papers and telegrams will be gradually added to the exhibit.
It celebrates comedy's great minds and unique voices, from Ernie Kovacs to Charlie Chaplin to Dave Chappelle. Exclusive collections and exhibits give fans a look behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes of comedy.” />
The archives of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, including Ball's handwritten notes and family photographs, will be digitally preserved by the National Comedy Center.
The National Comedy Center opened last summer near the existing Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. It is the first state-of-the-art museum dedicated to telling the story of comedy in America. It celebrates all comedy as an art form and stages grand exhibitions of famous comedians and their material.

Dave Chappelle Makes Fun Of Louis C.K. Accuser In New Netflix Special

Chappelle's stand-up specials, Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, are currently streaming on Netflix.” />
All these allegations were terrible — I shouldn’t say this — but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh. “I picture all the comics in comedy reading it like, ‘Word!’ It’s terrible, I’m sorry ladies, you’re right. At the same time, Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can’t tell.” “Louis was like the turning point. When you think about it, he’s jerking off — he’s surprising people,” Chappelle says.
He also touched on Harvey Weinstein, who he said was “probably the first person that I’ve ever looked at a photograph of and said, ‘Yeah, he rapes.'”
No surprise that Chappelle's remarks drew buzz on Twitter.
"@DaveChappelle really spoke the truth about how hollywood is gettin exposed now.. He told us 12yrs ago something is wrong with hollywood and got the hell outta there..", wrote U.Aint.Safe.In.2018.
Dave Chappelle takes on the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal head-on in his new stand-up special The Bird Revelation, which premiered on Netflix on New Year's Eve.
"@DaveChappelle 1st U defend Cosby. Shame." "I get it when controversial is your angle. Now Louis CK?," wrote Love-Over-Hate. Your lack of understanding in tht realm is the obvious problem women have to deal with men like the 1 your defending. But this is abt victims, & their pain, trauma etc.
"were the only ones that made me laugh" and at one point calls one of his accusers "weak." Never one to refrain from saying how he really feels, Chappelle focuses on fellow comedian Louis C.K., saying the allegations against C.K.
I know Louis is wrong, I’m just saying, I’m held to a higher standard of accountability than these women are.”, was masturbating while I was on the phone with him.’ Bitch, you don’t know how to hang up the phone? Them women sounded like, I hate to say it, they sounded weak,” he continues. He went on to criticize the accusers, saying "Show business is just harder than that. How the hell are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams? “I know it sounds fucked up and I’m not supposed to say that, but one of these ladies was like, ‘Louis C.K.

Gucci Mane – Out The Zoo (Woptober Album) letras

[Intro]
(Listen to this track bitch)
Woah, Wop
Hah, Wop
Woah, sheesh
Burr, toy
Skrt, Wizzop

[Verse 1]
I take the good with the bad and the bad with the good
The plug sent the goods so I had to flood the hood
The plug sent the bag then I offed that too
That made me a bigger asset to the plug
But tell me how you feel when your plug tell on ya
Your partner in crime on thugs tell on ya
Talking 20 years, 30 years, 50 years
In the cell feeling drunk like you drunk 80 pills
Homicide though, genocide when I ride
When we die, only God knows where the bullets fly
In my Hummer truck, Will is coming through my car door
I had contract killers staying at my condo
Got a hole in your folk just to show I ain’t bluffing
Gotta vest up cause I sure ain’t ducking
Standing in the cold on the corner, flash O’s
Sold his soul to the devil for a Mac-11
100 bricks of pure coke, white like heaven
My Mexican copped the lick, connect doing confession
Sitting in the pin, son just turned seven
I progress then regress and this shit is getting depressing
But I count my stash ‘fore I count my blessings
And I load my weapon ‘fore I eat my breakfast
The streets keep talking and the snitches keep telling
Your whole life can change in a motherfucking second

[Hook]
Out the cage in a rage like I escaped out the zoo
They playing games with me when they know that I’m a fool
Set it off like Queen Latifah, give me the loot or I’ma shoot
You nincompoops so rude-a-poo, you tuti-fruit, you through
I’m an animal, a cannibal, they say I’m on the loose
Animal, a cannibal, they say I’m on the loose
Gucci Mane La Flare, you prolly seen me on the news
Out the cage in a rage like I escaped out the zoo

[Verse 2]
I might manic, I go in ang panic, don’t see nothing but red
Off my millions I can’t sleep for days cause I hear voices in my head
This lil devil on my left shoulder say “shoot him in his dreads”
While an angel on the right whisper “just shoot him in the leg”
I admit that I might need some help, I guess I made a step
Man they think I need a shrink cause I fear God but don’t fear death
I’m so selfish, I bought 80 pints to drink ’em by myself
A swimming pool full of drank, I dive in like I’m Michael Phelps
Louis glasses, Ferragamo belt, I’m Gucci Mane XL
YSL with the new Gazelles that match my blue Chevelle
Bitches laughing like I’m Dave Chappelle cause I stay fresh as hell
Zone 6, Zone 6, you don’t like it? Kill yourself

[Hook]
Out the cage in a rage like I escaped out the zoo
They playing games with me when they know that I’m a fool
Set it off like Queen Latifah, give me the loot or I’ma shoot
You nincompoops, so rude-a-poo, you tuti-fruit, you through
I’m an animal, a cannibal, they say I’m on the loose
Animal, a cannibal, they say I’m on the loose
Gucci Mane La Flare, you prolly seen me on the news
Out the cage in a rage like I escaped out the zoo