Fans of comedian Hannah Gadsby are outraged that Dave Chappelle mocked the Australian comedian on his Instagram on Monday. The fury comes amid continuing backlash to Chappelle’s latest comedy special for Netflix, The Closer, which includes jokes that critics call transphobic.

After Chappelle’s Instagram clip took a swipe at Gadsby while responding to the mounting criticism, the Nanette comedian’s fans took to social media to fire back. 

“A whole stampede of insecure, mediocre dudebros rushing to Twitter to tell the world they definitely don’t know Hannah Gadsby, that irrelevant comic whose name they specifically searched to reply with how she’s soooo irrelevant,” writer Charlotte Clymer posted. 

“Yeah I’m not finding Dave Chapelle going after Hannah Gadsby funny when in his special he “jokes” about wanting to punch butch lesbians,” wrote another critic. 

Why Did Dave Chappelle Bring Up Hannah Gadsby?

Chappelle’s mention of Gadsby in the Instagram clip came after Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos mentioned the Australian comic in response to the pushback over The Closer. 

“We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story,” Sarandos said, noting that Netflix was also host to two Gadsby specials, Nanette and Douglas, in addition to Chappelle’s work. 

Gadsby fired back, telling Sarandos not to “drag my name into your mess,” referring to the controversy over The Closer. 

As Dave Chappelle faces backlash over his latest Netflix special, the comedian blasted 'Nanette' comic Hannah Gadsby as 'not funny' in a live set posted to Instagram Monday.
As Dave Chappelle faces backlash over his latest Netflix special, the comedian blasted ‘Nanette’ comic Hannah Gadsby as ‘not funny’ in a live set posted to Instagram Monday. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Chappelle Says Gadsby is ‘Not Funny’

In the Instagram clip, Dave Chappelle responds to the backlash from the trans community over his special — which has included a walkout by Netflix employees and has seen some creators call for a boycott of the streaming giant. 

“I want everyone in this audience to know that even though the media frames it as me versus that community, that’s not what it is,” Chappelle said in the clip. “I do not blame the LGBTQ community for any of this s—, this has nothing to do with them, it’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say.” 

He continued: “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.”  

The comedian said that he would meet with trans activists under “some conditions.”

“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end,” he said, referring to The Closer. 

Secondly, he said, “You must come to a palace of my choosing, at a time of my choosing.” 

“And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny,” the comedian quipped. 

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos faces backlash over Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special. Chappelle drew more outrage Monday when he said another Netflix-hosted comic, Hannah Gadsby, is 'not funny.'
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos faces backlash over Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special. Chappelle drew more outrage Monday when he said another Netflix-hosted comic, Hannah Gadsby, is ‘not funny.’ Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos faces backlash over Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special. Chappelle drew more outrage Monday when he said another Netflix-hosted comic, Hannah Gadsby, is ‘not funny.’ Photo credit: Shutterstock

Mounting Backlash Over Chappelle Special

The outrage by fans of Hannah Gadsby, who won an Emmy for her 2018 special Nanette, is another chapter in the ongoing backlash to Chappelle’s latest special. 

Netflix has continued to maintain that it will not remove The Closer from its streaming platform, despite calls to do so on social media. 

Still, CEO Ted Sarandos has said he “screwed up” responding to backlash from his own employees, saying he “should have led with a lot more humanity” in addressing the concerns. 

“We are trying to support creative freedom and artistic expression among the artists that work at Netflix,” Sarandos said. “Sometimes, and we do make sure our employees understand this, because of that… there will be things on Netflix that you dislike.”

The streaming platform drew fierce criticism when it suspended a transgender employee who criticized The Closer in a Tweet earlier this month. She was later reinstated, and said she felt “vindicated.” 

But even as the controversy over Dave Chappelle grows to include other high-profile, Netflix-associated comedians like Hannah Gadsby, the streaming giant has given no indication it plans to back down.