Dave (ch)Appalls: Anti-Trans bigotry, and racism to boot

As others on FtB have mentioned, netflix plan to broadcast a bigoted, transphobic and homophobic “comedy special” in the name of profit and hate.  Concepts like basic decency and two years of Black Lives Matter have clearly taught them nothing.

Several netflix employees spoke up in protest against airing of the “special”, arguing that hate speech should be falsely labelled as “entertainment”.  The CEO disagrees.

Now according to The Root, netflix have fired the only Black Transgender employee involved in the protest against Chappelle’s appalling “special”, a pregnant man.  Because anti-Trans bigotry wasn’t enough, apparrently.

Netflix Fires Organizer of Planned Trans Employee Walkout Over Dave Chappelle’s Recent Special

Days before a planned walkout of trans employees and allies at Netflix in protest of Dave Chappelle’s latest “comedy” special The Closer, the streaming giant confirmed that it has fired one of the staffers leading the charge.

The Verge reports that the employee is Black and pregnant, and was a leader of Netflix’s trans employee resource group. The employee’s firing comes after Netflix suspended and later reinstated a trans employee for trying to attend a director-level meeting about the special that she and others weren’t invited to.

Netflix and Chappelle have been roundly criticized by trans activists and others over The Closer due to content that GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition have said perpetuates transphobia. Netflix has stuck by the special and its decision to keep it on the platform despite calls to remove it, which is what sparked the impending Oct. 20 walkout.

You really have to wonder what it will take for bigots like those to actually learn.  A severe drop in revenues, probably.



Addendum, from Jezebel:

Hannah Gadsby Tells Netflix Exec Who Used Her As an Example For Inclusivity: ‘F**k You’

Comedian Hannah Gadsby went after Netflix, the co-CEO of Netflix Ted Sarandos, and Dave Chappelle in a recent statement after Sarandos name-dropped her in the streaming service’s latest scandal.

On Thursday, Gadsby posted a statement on Instagram in response to Sarandos’ remarks about how “inclusive” Netflix has been.

“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess. Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view,” she wrote.



  1. garnetstar says

    This is SO awful. Why do companies think that airing trans bigotry will make them money? And then, they do everything possible to make it worse: strenuous denial that the show is bigoted (there isn’t ANYONE who is taken in by that, except those who are already far gone), and actually firing the employee who is most targeted by the bigotry!

    This can only be, not that Netflix wants to make money, but that the executives really can’t see what’s wrong with anti-trans bigotry. Meaning, they hold those attitudes themselves.

    I read an analysis of the show that remarked that its main theme, and the main theme that all terfs hit on, is wallowing in self-victimhood. I suppose all bigots do, but it seems to be the major factor of anti-trans hate. The speculation was that people like Chapelle (and perhaps TERF women?) feel that acceptance of trans people (and in Chappelle’s case, some of the same feeling about gay people) has been rapid (!), whereas Black people, and perhaps women, have been fighting for advancement all this time and haven’t gotten enough.

    I can see that motivating terf women, as their primary stance does seem to be self-proclaimed victimhood, so as to justify their vicious behavior.