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Why a Netflix comedy show has sparked trans fury

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The showdown between some employees and management, which is standing by its decision to air “The Closer”, a comedy special by Dave Chappelle, taps into a wider, often toxic debate between LGBTQ+ activists and some feminists over trans rights.

But how has the argument flared and what are its roots? Chappelle is widely known for an edgy brand of comedy, pushing the boundaries of what society deems acceptable in pursuit of humor.

However, many trans activists – and employees of Netflix – feel the comedian has gone too far, accusing him of transphobia. In the show, Chappelle addresses some past statements that many believed disparaged the trans community, as well as the suicide of a trans comedian, Daphne Dorman, with whom he once shared a

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