Watch: Caitlyn Jenner Supports Dave Chapelle, Blasts 'Woke Cancel Culture'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday October 27, 2021
Originally published on October 27, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner  (Source:Associated Press)

Caitlyn Jenner declared her support for comedian Dave Chappelle, whose Netflix special "The Closer" has riled the LGBTQ+ community, Newsweek reported.

"Dave Chappelle is 100% right. This isn't about the LGBTQ movement. It's about woke cancel culture run amok, trying to silence free speech," Jenner tweeted. "We must never yield or bow to those who wish to stop us from speaking our minds."

Watch Chappelle's comments in a video clip shared in Jenner's tweet, below.

The two-minute and twenty-second clip shows Chappelle speaking about the controversy, and telling the audience that the uproar was not a matter of pushback from the LGBTQ+ community over the content of "The Closer."

"Chappelle's special was released on Netflix in early October and included jokes about transgender women and their genitalia, and defended Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who's faced accusations of transphobia herself," Newsweek recalled.

"Even thought the media frames this as me versus that community, that is not what it is," Chappelle said. "Do not blame the LGBTQ community for any of this shit. It has nothing to do with them. It's about corporate interests and what I can say, and what I cannot say."

Chappelle posted the clip to Instagram on Oct. 25, after which Jenner shared it.

As previously reported at EDGE, "The Closer" prompted at least one openly trans content creator — "Dear White People" executive producer Jaclyn Moore — to sever ties with the streamer. One Netflix employee was fired for disclosing financial information about the special; that same employee was reportedly also the person who organized the Oct. 20 walkout by an estimated 30 Netflix employees. Those who walked out joined about 100 protestors on the street in front of the streamer's Los Angeles headquarters.

"Ahead of the walkout, Netflix employees called for a fund designed to develop trans and non-binary talent, the recruitment of trans people for leadership roles, and the inclusion of disclaimers on the platform before transphobic titles," Newsweek recounted.

However, "Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has stood behind the controversial special, denying that it amounted to hate speech and deserved to be removed from the streaming platform," the Newsweek article noted.

Sarandos denied that Chappelle's jokes translated to "real world harm," directly contradicting advocates who say that real world harm is exactly what results from public figures ridiculing, minimizing, or dismissing LGBTQ+ people and their concerns.

Newsweek noted that Jenner's slam against "cancel culture" was not the first time she has aired her views on the subject. She also spoke about it as "a central part of her recent California gubernatorial run."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.