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Netflix Defends Chappelle, Gervais As It Launches ’Snowflake Mountain’

Despite initially backing away from Dave Chappelle after his controversial comedy special, The Closer, sparked online backlash and an employee walkout, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos doubled down on his defense of the comedian and Ricky Gervais. Both comics have been criticized for repeatedly joking about the transgender community, and Sarandos made it clear that Netflix […]

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Netflix chief reveals the mistake he made as a manager in the David Chappelle controversy

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Dave Chappelle says his former high school theater will no longer be named after him | CNN

CNN  —  Comedian Dave Chappelle has announced that, contrary to previous plans, the student theater at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., will not bear his name. Chappelle announced the decision at a dedication ceremony for the venue, according to a report from the Washington Post. Over the last […]

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Billy Eichner, Mae Martin Slam Netflix in LGBTQ Comedy Special for Streamer: ‘I’m Not Talking About Florida, I’m Talking About Dave Chappelle’

Billy Eichner and Mae Martin have called out Netflix’s support of Dave Chappelle’s jokes about queer and trans people — in a comedy special released by Netflix itself. Both comedians appear in “Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration,” which debuted on June 9 after being taped at Netflix Is a Joke Fest in May. The event, […]

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After Backlash Over Ricky Gervais Special, Netflix Co-CEO Offers More Thoughts On Dave Chappelle And Stand-Up

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos very publicly came to the defense of Dave Chappelle and more generally, artistic freedom when his stand-up special attracted more than its share of controversy over the inclusion of jokes some deemed transphobic. Now, the popular streaming service is at the center of another round of finger-pointing thanks to a Ricky […]

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Netflix: “Nobody would say” Ricky Gervais’ comedy “isn’t thoughtful or smart”

Left: Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix), Right: Ricky Gervais (Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix) Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos wasted no time quintupling—are we at “quintuple” at this point? Hextupling? Infinitupling?—down on his support for comedians Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais this weekend, referring to his defense of the presence of both […]

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Defends Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle: ‘Nobody Would Say That What He Does Isn’t Thoughtful or Smart’

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has offered further defense for the streamer’s curation of stand-up comedy specials from Ricky Gervais and Dave Chappelle, both of which have been criticized for including language that is considered transphobic. In an interview with Maureen Dowd at The New York Times, Sarandos reaffirmed his stance on airing the specials, saying […]

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Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos Defends Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais Free Speech: “It Used To Be A Very Liberal Issue”

In a wide-ranging interview published today in the New York Times, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on his prior defenses of artistic freedom, backing comedians Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais. Both comics are under fire in some quarters for perceived digs at transgender people. The controversies prompted some Netflix employees to stage an […]

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Ted Sarandos Talks About That Stock Drop, Backing Dave Chappelle, and Hollywood Schadenfreude

The Netflix Lobby Metric Over a three-hour dinner, Mr. Sarandos was charming and upbeat, dressed down in Levi’s and sneakers. You would never know he had been through a Job-level run of bad fortune in the last few months. First, his father, with whom he was very close, died. Soon after, his mother-in-law, Jacqueline Avant, […]

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Fans At John Mulaney’s Show Said They Felt “Ambushed” When Dave Chappelle Opened It With Anti-Trans Jokes

Many said they were upset and disappointed with Mulaney’s decision to allow Chappelle to perform despite his history of making anti-trans and anti-gay jokes. “y’all ever hear ~12,000 people laugh at a transphobic joke, while you’re a trans person in the audience who didn’t know the transphobic comedian would make a surprise appearance at the […]