Netflix continues its collaboration with Dave Chappelle. The comedian, who achieves significant scores for the platform, has been invited to produce new special episodes in collaboration with some of his relatives.
The comedian, accused of transphobia in the fall during a previous show for Netflix, has retained the confidence of the leaders of the platform.
The first of the four programs entrusted to the comic will be broadcast on February 28. Nathaniel Martin Stroman, nicknamed Earthquake, will perform there in a show called Earthquake: Legendary . The comedian Donnell Rawlings will then be there; other names are to be announced soon.
“I’ve been in this business for a long time and comedians like Earthquake and Donnell are not just friends, but inspirations to my own career,” Chappelle said in a statement. “Anyone in the world of comedy knows these names and knows that their heyday has long since passed.”
Dave Chappelle ‘s previous specials installment, The Closer , sparked controversy after the comedian’s unpopular jokes about the genre.
“Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth had to pass between the legs of a woman to be on Earth. It’s a fact” had launched Dave Chappelle in particular.
Accused of transphobia , he had received support from Netflix, in particular via a memo from boss Ted Sarandos, explaining to his employees that the streaming platform should support “creative freedom – even if that means that there will always be content on Netflix that some people may find offensive.”
At the call of LGBTQ activists, such as the National Black Justice Coalition, which asked Netflix to deprogram this show, employees had gathered to protest against this support policy. Sarandos then admitted that he “messed up” by not giving enough consideration to the demands of his staff.
Netflix has therefore nevertheless decided to renew its confidence in Chappelle – The Closer was to mark the end of its collaboration with the former DVD seller – for new shows.
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