After an uproar over a new Netflix special, Dave Chappelle is among those to perform at the streamer’s star-studded comedy festival in 2022.
Netflix on Monday confirmed the lineup for the Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival, which will be held for 11 days in Los Angeles next year, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline The report. Festival originally set for 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 100 comedians are scheduled to perform, including Chappelle, the latest Netflix comedy special Closer was released in October.
Netflix was met with backlash for the special event in which Chappelle told many controversial jokes about transgender people. At one point, he describes himself as “the TERF team,” a term meaning radical feminist trans-exclusion, as he said that “gender is a fact.” The special remind an employee to take a walk at Netflix, but the streamer sided with Chappelle.
“We don’t allow titles [on] Netflix is designed to incite hatred or violence and we don’t believe it Closer cross that line,” Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said in October.
Sarandos later say he “spoiled” in his initial response to the controversy by not leading “with more humanity.” Chappelle in October dismiss the controversy is “nonsense” and he thanked Netflix for supporting him, insisting Sarandos is “the only one who hasn’t canceled me.”
Among other comedians set to perform at the Netflix Is A Joke festival include Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, David Letterman and Chris Rock. Absent from the squad, Deadline note, is comedian Hannah Gadsby, who was originally announced as one of the performers before the festival was postponed last year. Gadsby released her comedy special Nanette and Douglas via Netflix, but she hit the streamer for releasing Chappelle’s Closer, written for Sarandos on Instagram, “F — you and your cult of unscrupulous algorithms.”
https://theweek.com/news/1007779/dave-chappelle-to-perform-at-netflix-comedy-festival-after-trans-jokes-backlash Dave Chappelle to perform at Netflix comedy festival after trans-joke backlash