Dave Chappelle is not backing down. The comedian is still refusing to apologize for his jokes.
In his new stand-up video, comedian Dave Chappelle addressed the controversy head on.
He stated that he is willing to meet with the transgender community, but is not willing to bend to anyone’s demands.
“It was said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and that I refused. That it’s not true.” Chappelle said. “If they had invited me I would have accepted it.”
“Although I am confused about what we are speaking about. I said what I said and boy I heard what you said. My god, how could I not?” he asked.
“You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore” said Chappelle to an applauding crowd.
Chappelle said that the media frames the controversy as being between him and the LGBT community.
“That is not the case,” he stated. “I do not blame the LGBTQ community for any of this s**t. This has nothing to do with them.”
“It’s about corporate interest and what I can say and what I cannot say” he stated.
I Am Not Bending To Anybody’s Demands
“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience. But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.”
He then went on to jokingly list a number of his own demands.
“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing and a time of my choosing. and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gatsby is not funny.”
Gatsby is an Australian comedian that has recently attacked Chappelle for his comments, labeling them as “hate speech.”
‘I’m Team Terf’
Chappelle has made jokes about trans people in the past.
However, the recent controversy started with Chappelle saying that he was “team Terf” in a recent episode of his show “The Closer.”
“Terf” is an acronym for “trans-exclusionary radical feminists,” a group of feminists that believe that biological sex is an integral part of femininity.
The most famous of these gender-critical feminists is J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series.
Rowling was repeatedly under attack by transgender activists and the mainstream media. That’s what Chappelle referenced in his show.
“They canceled JK Rowling – my God. Effectually she said gender was fact, the trans community got mad as shit, they started calling her a Terf … I’m team Terf.” Chappelle said.