If you’re going to take a shot at the king, be sure not to miss.
Right now, Dave Chappelle is America’s top comedian. His last two Netflix specials were so successful that he can even poke fun at the mainstream media’s most sacred of cows and despite the manure thrown at him over it, he still comes out smelling like a rose.
Case in point, a transgender writer for the Netflix show “Dear White People” tried to muscle Netflix into canceling Dave Chappelle by threatening to stop working for them if they don’t stop airing his specials. Netflix doesn’t appear to be caving.
Transgender person Jaclyn Moore, a man identifying as a woman, sent out a tweet effectively telling the world that while he loves working at Netflix on the show “Dear White People,” he will not continue to do so if they’re going to put out “dangerous” content like Chappelle’s special “The Closer.”
“I told the story of my transition for @netflix and @most ‘s Pride week. It’s a network that’s been my home on @DearWhitePeople. I’ve loved working there,” Moore tweeted, “I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”
Moore lamented the fact that he thought Chappelle was one of his heroes, but he declared himself a TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist) and compared transgenderism to someone doing blackface. He’s also upset that Chappelle thinks it’s unfair that Caitlin Jenner won woman of the year without ever having a period.
Moore went on to complain about how it’s hard enough being trans without jokes like Chappelle’s making it harder.
Perhaps Moore expected Netflix to actually cave, or that some sort of furor would be created around his departure that would strongarm the streaming company into compliance and the subsequent cancelation of Chappelle.
He was very, very wrong.
As Kira Davis covered on Monday, Netflix has made it clear that they won’t be canceling Chappelle or deleting any of his specials.
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. His last special “Sticks & Stones,” also controversial, is our most-watched, stickiest, and most award-winning stand-up special to date,” said CEO Ted Sarandos in a statement to his employees.
In other words, money talks and Dave Chappelle is raking in a ton of it. Meanwhile, “Dear White People,” now in its fourth season, has declined in popularity with every subsequent season, the fourth season being the absolute worst.
So it looks like Chappelle is still standing, and Moore is out of a job.
Refuse to be canceled.