Comedian Dave Chappelle has been getting backlash after his latest comedy special released on Netflix “The Closer.” Chappelle has been accused of saying offensive comments towards members of the LGBTQIA+ community. However, some people are supporting Chappelle, including fellow comedian Damon Wayans.
The “My Wife and Kids” TV dad told TMZ, where he gave his views on Chappelle’s latest special and the backlash its received, saying, “I feel like Dave freed the slaves.”
He continued, “The comedians, we were slaves to PC culture and he just, you know, as an artist, he’s Van Gogh. Cut his ear off. He’s trying to tell us it’s OK.”
While Wayans said he has always been free, but believes that’s what Chappelle is doing. “Hey, you know what, with all that I have, I’m not afraid to lose it for the sake of freedom of speech. You can’t edit yourself.”
Wayans compared Chappelle’s success and longevity to Mercedes-Benz, saying, “Comedians, we — like, Mercedes makes a great car, but they crash a lot of them before they perfect it.”
The 61-year-old also told the media outlet, “there is a bigger conversation we need to have” about freedom of speech. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, defended the actor in an email sent out to staff members on Friday, Oct. 8.
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him. His last special ‘Sticks & Stones,’ also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date,” Sarandos wrote in the memo, obtained by Variety.
“As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful,” he added before listing other shows from the streaming platform that have also attracted the wrong kind of attention, including the popular teen suicide drama “13 Reasons Why.”
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