After Netflix aired Dave Chappelle’s comedy special ,The Closer where he joked about Harry Potter author J K Rowling’s 2019 statement that transgender women were not actually women and were a threat to her identity.
Dear White People executive producer ,Jacylyn Moore says she is done with Neflix. In several tweets and interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She said; ‘I want to be clear that Dave Chappelle should be free to say whatever he wants and I should be free to say whatever I would like about him. Not to let Chappelle off the hook, but my bigger issue is with Netflix. This isn’t a live special. It was filmed, finished and people watched it and nobody said, ‘Hey, are we sure this is good? Are we sure this is OK? Are we sure this isn’t dangerous? What are the consequences of putting this out?’
‘As I posted, I have worked with so many people at Netflix who are brilliant, lovely, kind, caring and want nothing more than to do the right thing. So, I don’t know who [approved it], but what I do know is that there aren’t enough trans people in these spaces because a trans person would have said, ‘Are we aware of the implications?’ she explained.
‘The problem in Chappelle’s case is that he’s now done this in something like five specials in a row with increasing hostility. Netflix keeps paying for these specials. It’s hard to feel like the financial upside outweighed the rest. I’m not saying that’s what they think but that’s the message that’s received when this happens. So, I tweeted about my decision because I felt like I had to,’ Moore said.
‘Someone called to hear my side of things and they wanted to let me know that they see me and see what I’m doing and they wanted to keep an open line of dialogue. I really appreciate that; it was a standup move by that person. I don’t know what the internal politics are there about this or any of it but I do want to say that I worked with many people at Netflix who are some of the most empathetic and caring folks I’ve worked with in this business. There is a difference between the corporate decisions and whatever happens as an entity versus the people who exist within it,’ Moore said.
‘I don’t know what it will take to change that. I didn’t do it as an ultimatum like, ‘If you don’t do it by this date, then…’ I just can’t in good conscience do business there right now. It’s a difficult question because I don’t know the right answer. I don’t know if it’s to supplement the specials, to add disclaimers or edits, I don’t know. I don’t think it’s my job to fix their problem but I will say they do have a problem, which is their platform is promoting dangerous rhetoric from someone who says they are a TERF, who mocks the idea of my existence and compares what I do to blackface,’ she added
In 2020, Rowling was labeled a ‘TERF’ by the LGBTQ community – which stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist.’
Defending Rowling ,Chappelle joked on the show that he embraced the label.
‘I’m Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man,’ Chappelle says in the special, aligning himself with the ousted writer.
‘Gender is a fact,’ he then remarks.’ Chappelle adds: ‘Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact.’