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Black transgender comedian defends Dave Chappelle’s jokes: ‘No topic is off limits’

Dave Chappelle arrives at the premiere of "BlacKkKlansman" on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Black transgender comedian defends Dave Chappelle’s jokes: ‘No topic is off limits’

Matthew Miller October 14, 06:19 PMOctober 14, 06:19 PM

Black transgender comedian Flame Monroe says she does not support canceling Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special over jokes that sparked backlash.

This comes after Netflix received pressure to take down Chappelle’s new special, The Closer, over what critics are calling hateful jokes about the LGBTQ community.

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“As a comedian, I believe that I don’t want to be censored,” Monroe told TMZ in an interview. “I think that nothing is off-limits … The world has become too censored.”

“There’s three dogs I have in this fight: as a comedian, I don’t want to be censored; as a trans woman, I want equality; and as a black person, I want fair treatment in this country that we’ve been trying to get for 400 years,” Monroe continued. “All of this what you can say [or] cannot say is ridiculous.”

“I absolutely do not think the special should be taken down off of Netflix,” she said. “What the great Dave Chappelle has just done has opened up a forum to have a real conversation between the heterosexual and the gay community.”

“If you are in a room and you are uncomfortable, you are free to leave,” she added.

The special has received criticism for its examination of the transgender community and the nature of the anatomy of transgender people.

“Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth,” Chappelle said during his special. “That is a fact.”

Both GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition denounced Chappelle’s latest special, the Los Angeles Times reported, adding that Netflix defended The Closer.

“We support artistic expression for our creators,” a spokesperson said. “We also encourage our employees to disagree openly.”

A group of transgender Netflix employees is reportedly planning a walkout protest on Oct. 20 if the company refuses to take down the special.

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“I encourage all [members of] Trans* and allies not to work for Netflix that day … As we’ve discussed through Slack, email, texts and everything in between, our leadership has shown us that they do not uphold the values for which we are held,” a Netflix employee posted on Monday in a public company Slack channel.

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