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Dave Chappelle Finally Comments on Netflix Controversy

Comedian is not backing down

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle has offered his first public response to the controversy swirling around his Netflix stand-up special, and to say the comedian is unapologetic would be an understatement. "I said what I said," he says in a new video posted to Instagram that, per the BBC , was recorded...

Counterprotesters Meet Netflix Walkout

Organizer wants to pressure company 'because Dave Chappelle doesn't sign checks'

(Newser) - Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted "Trans lives matter," getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. A pre-noon rally at a Netflix office-studio complex in Los Angeles drew about 100...

Netflix Co-CEO on Chappelle Controversy: 'I Screwed Up'

Ted Sarandos says his defense of comedy special lacked humanity

(Newser) - A trans Netflix employee who was among the first to speak out about the $24.1 million Dave Chappelle comedy special The Closer directs her criticism toward Netflix's defense of the show in an essay published Monday. "When a company like Netflix says something like, 'We do...

Hannah Gadsby Has Some Salty Words for Netflix CEO

Comedian doesn't want to be included in Ted Sarandos' defense of Dave Chappelle

(Newser) - Hannah Gadsby is having none of it from Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos. Sarandos defended leaving Dave Chappelle’s controversial special The Closer on the streaming platform in a memo to employees. That memo read, in part, “We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a...

1K Netflix Workers Plan Walkout Over Chappelle Special

Virtual walkout to protest company's support of the special deemed harmful to trans people

(Newser) - An employee group at Netflix is planning a walkout over the company's continued support of a Dave Chappelle stand-up special that some say is offensive to transgender people. The transgender-employee group and allies are planning a virtual walkout for Wednesday in protest of the company's defense of The ...

Netflix Backs Dave Chappelle
Netflix Backs
Dave Chappelle

Netflix Backs Dave Chappelle

Keeps comedy special, suspends a trans employee who tweeted about the special

(Newser) - Netflix is standing by Dave Chappelle after his new comedy special debuted on the streaming service and was hit with massive backlash . Despite many critics calling out the comedian's transphobic jokes and comments, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos says The Closer will be remaining on the platform. In a memo...

Chappelle in 'Familiar Hot Water' Over Netflix Special

Comedian on blast for comments made about transgender women

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle isn't one to shy away from controversial takes , and he's back in what CNN calls "familiar hot water." This time, the backlash has emerged after comments the 48-year-old comedian made on gender and transgender women in his new Netflix special, The Closer, which debuted...

NYC Takes a 'Huge Step': 'No One Seems Anything but Ecstatic'

Foo Fighters rocked full-capacity Madison Square Garden in front of thousands of vaxxed attendees

(Newser) - Madison Square Garden was rocking again over the weekend, for the first time in 15 months. In what CBS New York calls a "huge step for New York's reopening," the New York City arena saw 15,000 or so fans show up for the Foo Fighters concert...

Chappelle: I Saw Celebs Leave 'Dirty Notes' for Trump Aides

Comedian describes mischief during one of President Obama's last White House parties

(Newser) - In 2019, then-White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed aides of former President Obama had left disparaging notes around the White House for members of former President Trump's administration to find. At Inauguration Day, "Every office was filled with Obama books, and we had notes left behind that...

Dave Chappelle Tests Positive for COVID, Cancels Shows

Comedian so far has no symptoms of the coronavirus

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman said. Chappelle was expected to perform Thursday through Sunday at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, Texas, the AP reports. Those shows have been canceled...

Chappelle Asks Netflix to Pull His Show; It Does

Comedian was upset he wasn't getting paid by Comedy Central

(Newser) - Netflix has agreed to stop streaming Chappelle's Show after a request from the show's star. Dave Chappelle says he was a "desperate" 28-year-old expectant father when he signed the Comedy Central contract to launch the show and that now, nearly two decades later, it's been licensed...

Chappelle, Carrey Go on Post-Election SNL Romp

Jim Carrey, in character as Biden, resurrects Ace Ventura

(Newser) - Just as he did in 2016 , Dave Chappelle guest-hosted the episode of Saturday Night Live following the presidential election with a wide-ranging stand-up monologue that urged Americans celebrating Joe Biden's victory that "it's good to be a humble winner. Remember when I was here four years...

5 Lines From Chappelle's Surprise George Floyd Show

Comedian talks about killing in Netflix special

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle is out with a surprise Netflix show on the George Floyd killing, one that was filmed June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in front of a mask-wearing, socially distanced crowd, reports Variety . "It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m...

Comics Pay Tribute to Chappelle for Big Honor

He picks up the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle was honored Sunday with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and a who's who of the comedy and entertainment industry turned out to praise him. "It's the best part of the First Amendment to me that I'm able to express myself this...

Chappelle: I Don't Believe Michael Jackson's Accusers

In new special, comic says he doesn't think the pop star molested anyone

(Newser) - The Michael Jackson documentary Neverland has prompted even some of his staunchest defenders to doubt Jackson's innocence in molestation claims. But one fellow celeb appears to be holding the line. "I’m going to say something I’m not allowed to say, but I gotta be real: I...

Chappelle the Latest to Receive Prestigious Humor Award

He'll be presented with Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October

(Newser) - Comedian Dave Chappelle has been chosen to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the AP reports. The 45-year-old Grammy and Emmy winner shot to international stardom through his Comedy Central program, Chappelle's Show, which gleefully skewered racial stereotypes and hot-button societal issues. He later made...

Here's Why #DCPublicSchools Is Trending on Twitter
Here's Why
#DCPublicSchools
Is Trending on Twitter
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Here's Why #DCPublicSchools Is Trending on Twitter

Dave Chappelle started it, John Oliver ran with it

(Newser) - For anyone not watching Sunday night's Emmy Awards and wondering why the hashtag #DCPublicSchools is trending on Twitter, a quick explainer: Dave Chappelle first offered a shout-out to DC Public Schools while onstage to present the Emmy for outstanding directing in a comedy series. "Now we’re going...

Chappelle, SNL Put Thoughtful Coda on Election

Kate McKinnon performs Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' in character as Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live called on host Dave Chappelle's wit and Kate McKinnon's "Hallelujah" for a thoughtful coda to a divisive election, reports the AP . Chappelle, claiming to be rusty after a decade out of the TV spotlight, proved eager to offer his take on Donald Trump's...

Dave Chappelle 'Doesn't Feel Good' About His Vote

Comedian says he voted for Clinton, reluctantly

(Newser) - Comedian Dave Chappelle will be hosting Saturday Night Live on Nov. 12, following the US presidential election. Chappelle's reportedly been workshopping political material with a week of shows at The Cutting Room in New York, the Observer reports. During Friday's set, Chappelle said he had voted for Clinton,...

SNL Nabs Dave Chappelle, A Tribe Called Quest

It seems 2016 is trying to turn itself around at the last minute

(Newser) - America cried out for good news on the final Friday before the 2016 election, and lo a single tweet answered its call. Dave Chappelle will be hosting the Nov. 12 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, Deadline reports. "It’s the Tribe y’...

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