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Netflix head doubles down on support for Dave Chappelle in new special

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019 file photo, Dave Chappelle is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Chappelle is set to buy a former fire station near his Ohio hometown with plans to turn it into a comedy club. The Dayton Daily News reports that the Miami Twp. Fire Station in Yellow Springs will be sold to the 47-year-old actor’s company and turned into a club that will seat 140 people. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Netflix head doubles down on support for Dave Chappelle in new special Netflix’s co-CEO, Ted Sarandos, has issued an email to staff showing support for Dave Chappelle following the backlash Dave has received from his new comedy special. According to Variety, an email to the staff said, “while some staff have left angry, disappointed and hurt by the decision to air the special ‘The Closer’, Ted didn’t believe the content directly translated to ‘real-world harm’.”  Sarandos continued, “With ‘The Closer,’ we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real-world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence, etc.).” GLAAD was upset with Sarandos’s email and said, “Authentic media stories about LGBTQ lives have been cited as directly responsible for increasing public support for issues like marriage equality,” the group said in a statement about his latest memo. “But film and TV have also been filled with stereotypes and misinformation about us for decades, leading to real-world harm, especially for trans people and LGBTQ people of color.” Who are your top 3 favorite comedians of all time?


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