Jaclyn Moore, a writer and co-showrunner of Netflix’s “Dear White People,” says she’s parting ways with the streaming service over alleged transphobic jokes Dave Chappelle made in his latest comedy special.
Moore, who identifies as a trans woman, took to Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday evening to explain her position.
“After the Chappelle special, I can’t do this anymore. I won’t work for @netflix anymore as long as they continue to promote and take advantage of dangerous transphobic content,” she wrote on Instagram.
She later tweeted“I love so many people I’ve worked with at Netflix. Brilliant people and executives who have collaborated and fought for important art… But I’ve been thrown against walls because, ‘I’m not a ‘real’ woman.” There beer bottles were thrown at me. So @netflix, I’m done.”
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In Chappelle’s special, “The Closer”, he makes alleged transphobic comments.
On Friday, Moore spoke to Variety and went into further detail about why Chappelle’s comments are highly problematic and dangerous in her opinion.
“Beer bottles were thrown at me. I was thrown against a wall for using a women’s toilet. I would just say it’s ironic that for someone famous to have walked away from a TV show because he felt the messages from the joke lost, he doesn’t see what the messages of these jokes do to people,” she reasoned. “He tells us that our feelings are hurt. My feelings are fine, but being thrown against a wall hurts or makes me worry at night if I can get home safely. That stuff isn’t theoretical.”
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Moore said she has “no desire” to cancel Chappelle. Instead, she put the blame on Netflix. “He should make what he wants to make, but I’ll tell Netflix it’s not like this was a live special. They saw this and said, ‘Yeah, this seems okay to release there.’ The truth is, it isn’t,” she said. “It’s dangerous and has implications for physical violence in the real world.”
The producer added that she believes in free speech and is not trying to deny anyone the right to comment, but she also has “the freedom of speech to say that someone’s opinion bothers me, and I don’t want to work with a company promoting that speech. It’s dangerous language.”
“Dear White People” aired its fourth and final season in September, and Moore currently has a few projects in development, but won’t be “bringing anything to Netflix for now”.
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“I don’t know what it takes to feel comfortable changing that. I know it takes some action,” she confirmed.
On Thursday night, Chappelle laughed off every attempt to get him and “The Closer”. The 48-year-old artist took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for a screening of his documentary.
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“If this is what the cancellation is about, I think it’s great,” Chappelle told the bells and whistles of the fans in attendance, according to the deadline. He added: “I don’t know what to tell you other than I’m a bad mother.”
Netflix and a Chappelle representative did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.