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Dave Chappelle to release new Netflix special two years after trans backlash

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Dave Chappelle is set to release a new stand-up special on Netflix on New Year’s Eve. It comes two years after the comedian received a backlash due to comments he made about the trans community.The new special was announced on X (formely Twitter), with the streaming service’s official Netflix is a Joke account posting a short teaser clip with the caption: “Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special will launch globally on Netflix, December 31st.”The currently untitled special will be Chappelle’s seventh for Netflix.

The first four – The Age of Spin, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Equanimity and The Bird Revelation – were released in 2017. He followed those with Stick & Stones in 2019 and The Closer in 2021.The comedian was heavily criticised for a joke he made in The Closer, in which he described himself as “team TERF” when addressing the controversy surrounding J.K.

Rowling.LGBTQ+ rights group GLAAD said at the time that his “brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalised communities”, while many others also spoke out.

Some Netflix employees also staged a virtual walkout in protest over his comments.Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special will launch globally on Netflix, December 31st pic.twitter.com/zucnnpKPVV— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) December 6, 2023Responding to the original backlash to his special, Chappelle commented: “I said what I said and boy I heard what you said.

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