The most recent battle in the American culture war has people taking sides as either for or against comedian Dave Chappelle's recent stand-up special "The Closer" on Netflix.
On Instagram, MMA fighter Tim Kennedy wrote that Netflix "employees are perfectly happy with soft child pornography but take issue with a standup comedian questioning the logic of wokeness. There is something very wrong with @netflix."
To his point, there was public fallout against Netflix last year with their decision to stream a movie called "Cuties" on their platform. What Kennedy is referring to is how that film depicted the sexualization of young children, with many saying it wasn't commenting on society's sexualization of kids, but sexualizing them outright. The movie’s own director stood by the film even as many, such as Canada's Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole, condemned it.
It wasn’t the first time the MMA fighter mentioned Chappelle’s most recent work. Earlier last week Kennedy praised "The Closer" on Twitter.
The controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s and Netflix keeps increasing the more attention is drawn to it. In the special, Chapelle made it clear that he backed the gender critical women such as JK Rowling when it came to their stances on the issue of gender identity. "Gender is a fact," he said.
The first big response came from the firing (and then unfiring) of three employees who interrupted a meeting of Netflix executives to protest Chappelle.
But this week the Chappelle controversy at Netflix continued after an incredibly small number of employees staged a walkout over the contents of his routine. The sentiments of the protesters were that Dave was somehow harming the transgender community with his routine. The demonstration escalated when counter-protesters Dick Masterson and Vito Gesualdi showed up in support of the comedy, with one carrying a sign reading "WE LIKE JOKES."
Gesualdi recently pointed out his consistency in defending "Cuties" as well as Chappelle on free expression grounds.