Comedian Dave Chappelle has received a Primetime Emmy nomination for his Netflix stand-up special The Closer, which was labeled transphobic by critics during its release, now the transgender community is reacting to the nod in a way that many were not expecting.
According to TMZ, who spoke to Ashlee Marie Preston, who isn’t an employee of the tech company but was an organizer of the Netflix employee walkout that protested the special, explained her opinion on what the comedian's Emmy nomination meant to her.
“What it really underscores for me is the power of queer and trans viewership because if we’re being very clear, it’s the incendiary and inflammatory content being directed at us that solicited the reaction,” Preston shared. “That then gave the special more press [and] more headlines and so now we’re having a conversation around what it means to have a response, instead of a reaction and how to transmit some of that outrage that he was able to benefit from towards some of the queer and trans people who were actually nominated for Emmys. This is the age where platforms like Netflix and others are fostering this culture of chaos and contention that people are able to capitalize on.”
Describing the plan of action moving forward, Preston said that there is a larger course of action in the works.
“If they see it coming, they’re gonna try to throw it off or they’re gonna try to derail it. We do have a response, it’s very strategic, very calculated and it is going to not only support the queer folks who were nominated, who have worked hard and they do deserve it. Now it’s also going to again move the conversation forward in terms of how do we truly invest in above the line talent and below the line talent and executives who are going to be able to get these stories to the forefront.
In case you missed it, back in 2021 Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special The Closer received heavy critiques in which he delivered controversial jokes aimed at the transgender community. The comedian also said that was ready to meet with the community under certain conditions but was “not bending to anyone’s demands.”
Chapelle has not made any recent remarks about his 2022 Emmy nomination.