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Free speech or hate speech? Netflix at eye of LGBTQ storm

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Los Angeles – Netflix has been plunged into America’s culture wars by a Dave Chappelle comedy special that raises concerns about free speech and censorship but has been slammed by its own employees as transphobic.In “The Closer,” boundary-pushing megastar Chappelle responds to critics who have accused him of mocking transgender people in the past by asserting that “gender is a fact” and accusing LGBTQ people of being “too sensitive.” “In our country you can shoot and kill” a Black man, “but you’d better not hurt a gay person’s feelings,” says the stand-up comic, who is Black.While the show has been condemned by LGBTQ groups — including GLAAD, which cited studies linking stereotypes about minorities to real-world harm — Netflix has so far.

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