When Dave Chappelle took home this year's Grammy award for best comedy album — "The Closer" — not everyone was applauding.
As you might recall, leftists far and wide flew off the handle over Chappelle's stand-up special when Netflix released it in 2021, calling it "transphobic" and staging sometimes violent protests over it.
So it should come as no surprise that leftists in 2023 decried those who would dare vote for "The Closer" and give it a Grammy as best comedy album.
What were they decrying about?
The Hollywood Reporter went with the following headline: "Dave Chappelle Wins Grammy for Netflix Special Condemned for Being Transphobic." (It must be stated that some folks mocked the headline's word structure by pointing out that they didn't know there was a Grammy category for "Netflix Special Condemned for Being Transphobic.")
The Advocate was even more to the point: "Chappelle Wins Grammy for Transphobic Netflix Special."
Entertainment writer Zoe Rose Bryant tweeted that "the same industry that’s patting itself on the back tonight for making Kim Petras the first trans woman to win pop duo/group performance at the #Grammys also gave Dave Chappelle another Grammy for his transphobic special 'The Closer' so it’s nice to see hypocrisy is alive & well."
Eric Degans — TV critic and media analyst for National Public Radio — tweeted: "Wow. Grammys really don't care; one year after giving an award to admitted harasser Louis C.K., they gave one to Dave Chappelle's homophobic and transphobic Netflix special. Sigh."
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told the Hollywood Reporter in regard to the nominations of Chapelle and Louis C.K., “We don’t control who the voters vote for. If the voters feel like a creator deserves a nomination, they’re going to vote for them. We’re never going to be in the business of deciding someone’s moral position or where we evaluate them to be on the scale of morality. I think our job is to evaluate the art and the quality of the art. We can make sure that all of our spaces are safe and people don’t feel threatened by anyone. But as far as the nominations or the awards, we really let the voters make that decision.”
After word got out about the content of "The Closer," a prominent Netflix showrunner quit in protest; the company suspended three employees — including a queer trans worker — for crashing an executive meeting focused on Chappelle; and Netflix fired the organizer of a planned walkout for leaking confidential data related to Chappelle's special.
In relation to that Netflix walkout, the Associated Press and Variety falsely claimed a Chappelle supporter screamed profanities and was the aggressor — and both outlets issued retractions.
For Chappelle's part, he said early on that he refused to buckle under public pressure: "I am not bending to anybody’s demands." What's more, at that same time, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos stood against pressure to pull "The Closer," arguing that "content on screen doesn't directly translate to real-world harm."
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