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A transgender Dear White People showrunner is writing a Dear John letter to Netflix.
Jaclyn Moore, the showrunner for Netflix's Dear White People, said on Wednesday she will no longer work with the streaming service after watching Chappelle's The Closer. Moore, who was born male but identifies as a woman, condemned the special, saying she could not work for a company profiting off of "blatantly and dangerously transphobic content."
Moore, who described Chappelle as "one of my heroes," took offense to several anecdotes in the comedian's special, such as "compar[ing] my experience to someone doing blackface" and "end[ing] his special with a 'but I had a trans friend' story."
"He's not listening. Those words have real world consequences. Consequences that every trans woman I know has dealt with. Bruises and panicked phone calls to friends. That's real," Moore wrote.
Chappelle is enjoying the reaction to his special, saying at Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl, "If this is what being canceled is like, I love it."
“F*** Twitter," Chappelle told the crowd. "F*** NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid-a** networks. I'm not talking to them. I'm talking to you. This is real life.”
Chappelle's special, which premiered Tuesday, featured the comedian defending Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, whom he said was canceled for identifying herself as a "TERF," or "trans-exclusionary radical feminist," in 2019.
"Gender is a fact," Chappelle said in the special. “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. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren't women, I am just saying that those p*****s that they got … you know what I mean? I'm not saying it's not p***y, but it's Beyond P***y or Impossible P***y."
While some criticized Chappelle's special, saying the program was traumatic for transgender viewers, others applauded Chappelle's defiance of cancel culture.
"Dave Chappelle seems to have figured it out. They can't cancel you if you don't let them," writer Mark Hemingway tweeted.
Dear White People, a liberal series touching on U.S. race relations, was renewed for a fourth and final season of 10 episodes that were released on Netflix on Sept. 22.
Chappelle has released a handful of specials on Netflix since 2017. He has also released stand-up specials on other platforms, including HBO and YouTube.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis