Trans Dear White People showrunner Jaclyn Moore announced on Twitter that she is cutting ties with Netflix in a dispute over the most recent Dave Chappelle special, The Closer, in which the controversial comedian declared he was “Team TERF,” defended J.K. Rowling and DaBaby, and made offensive and transphobic jokes about the genitalia of trans women.
“I've loved working there,” Moore tweeted. “I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”
Moore said his performance in The Closer crossed the line.
“He compared my existence to someone doing blackface,” Moore declared. “He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad.”
“I’m not saying it’s not p*ssy, but it’s beyond p*ssy or impossible p*ssy,” Chappelle says during one segment in The Closer. “It tastes like p*ssy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it?”
Chappelle also questioned why rapper DaBaby received more notoriety for his hateful comments about the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV rather than his previous killing of a man in a Walmart.
“DaBaby shot and killed a n****r in Walmart in North Carolina. Nothing bad happened to his career,” Chappelle says in The Closer. “Do you see where I'm going with this? In our country, you can shoot and kill a n***r, but you better not hurt a gay person's feelings.”
Chappelle also defended Harry Potter author JK Rowling and her transphobic comments, declaring himself a member of “Team TERF,” a reference to Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists who deny the identity of trans women as women.
For Moore, Chappelle’s comments were enough for her to call it quits with the streaming service where she scored big with her show Dear White People, the queer-inclusive dramedy about Black students attending the fictional Ivy League school, Winchester University. The show recently premiered its fourth and final season last month.
“I just can't...” she posted. “I can’t be a part of a company that thinks that's worth putting out and celebrating.”