It seems that everyone is choosing sides when it comes to the latest Netflix controversy.
After comedian Dave Chappelle made insensitive comments about the trans community, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos decided to stand behind the comedian and his latest comedy special “The Closer.”
Sarandos’ position led to an employee walkout, seeking better protections and safer working conditions for employees who identify as trans.
Although the walkout was supported by actors Billy Eichner and Jonathan Van Ness, “South Park” creator Matt Stone feels that most people in Hollywood are secretly supporting Netflix behind the scenes.
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Matt Stone Weighs In On Cancel Culture
In a recent interview, Stone reminded fans that he and Trey Parker are no stranger to cancel culture. “South Park” has been censored multiple times over the years, and several episodes have been banned in various countries due to their divisive content.
“We have been waiting to get canceled for 30 years,” Stone joked. “It changes who is involved with it. But we have been dealing with this s— the whole time we have been making the show. And we can’t complain. Things have been going fine for us. It gives us fodder and gives us something to talk about.”
With more and more celebrities claiming to be the victim of cancel culture, Stone said that, in the case of Chappelle’s comments, Hollywood is relieved that Netflix is supporting the comedian.
“I think Netflix’s reputation in the Hollywood community went way, way up,” Stone said.
“There are some people who do not agree,” he added. “But the vast majority of creative people in Hollywood were happy with Netflix’s decision. That’s my feeling. I can’t prove that.”
Dave Chappelle Will Not Apologize
Chappelle took to Instagram earlier this week to address the controversy. Although many fans thought that the five-minute video was going to be an apology, Chappelle instead listed a set of conditions for the LGBTQ+ community.
“They said you want a safe working environment at Netflix,” he began. “Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore. I want everyone in this audience to know.”
He then listed his conditions, stating that they had to have watched his special from beginning to end, they had to “come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing,” and they had to admit that comedian Hannah Gadsby is not funny.
The Australian comedian reached an international audience with the release of her Netflix comedy special “Nanette” in 2018. Gadsby is a lesbian who often discusses her sexuality in her stand-up routines.
Sarandos dragged Gadsby into the controversy when he listed her work as an example of the “diverse content” that Netflix offers.
“Hey, Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
“You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real-world consequences of the hate speech dog-whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted.”