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Transgender Comedian SUPPORTS Dave Chappelle After Controversial Netflix Special

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A transgender comedian has expressed support for Dave Chapelle after his transgender pranks in a new Netflix special received a backlash.

Flame Monroe, a stand-up from Chicago, told CNN she’s “absolutely” [does] think you should be able to joke about transgender people’ in an interview published on Sunday.

Chappelle and Netflix have been harshly criticized for his new special, The Closer, in which he roughly compared trans women’s genitals to plant-based meat alternatives, declaring that he was “team TERF,” a reference to feminists rejecting transgender identities. Ladies.

While many trans comedians have spoken out to condemn Chappelle and equate his comments with hate speech and violence, Monroe took a different view, arguing that his act was funny and that trans people should be willing to be the butt of a joke.

“As a trans person and comedian, we usually joke about who we are and how we identify with my experience, and I only speak for me,” she told CNN.

“You can’t ask for inclusion 24/7 and then be conveniently excluded because some truths are told about your community in a comical way.”

Flame Monroe, a stand-up from Chicago, said she’s “absolutely” [does] think you should be able to joke about transgender people’

Chappelle and Netflix have been heavily criticized for his new special, The Closer, in which he roughly compared trans women's genitals to plant-based meat alternatives

Chappelle and Netflix have been heavily criticized for his new special, The Closer, in which he roughly compared trans women’s genitals to plant-based meat alternatives

Monroe, one of the few trans comedians to be featured in a Netflix special, as part of Tiffany Haddish’s They Ready series, also spoke to CNN in an on-air interview last week.

“I had to scream out loud with laughter,” she said of Chappelle’s act. “Because I’m a comedian, I’m human, and I know who Dave Chappelle is and what Dave Chappelle is. He’s a comedian.’

Monroe said that even if some of the comments made her gasp, “when it’s the truth, and it’s funny, it’s just humor.” It’s laughter, we always miss that.’

“We need to be able to take as adults and stop being so sensitive in this world. It’s just a joke. No one lost their life.’

But other trans comedians have also expressed deep concern about Chappelle’s act.

‘I know [Chappelle] says he didn’t knock down — he absolutely knocks down,” trans stand-up Jaye McBride told CNN. “When you take this mean stance against a minority, no matter who the minority is or who you are, it just comes across as wrong. .’

Monroe, one of the few trans comedians to be featured in a Netflix special, as part of Tiffany Haddish's They Ready series, also spoke to CNN in an on-air interview last week.

Monroe, one of the few trans comedians to be featured in a Netflix special, as part of Tiffany Haddish’s They Ready series, also spoke to CNN in an on-air interview last week.

“Given Chappelle’s undeniable cultural impact, his insistence on my removal is deeply hurtful and feels like betrayal,” Mx said. Dahlia Belle told the outlet.

On Wednesday, Netflix employees walked out in protest at Chappelle’s special, and were joined by allies chanting “Trans lives matter.”

Joey Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Emmy-winning comedy “Transparent,” was one of the speakers at the rally.

Chappelle’s decision to “share his outrage as comic humiliation in front of thousands of people, and then broadcast it to hundreds of millions of people, is an infinitesimal gender violence,” they said.

“I want trans representation on the Netflix board this (expletive) week,” the writer-director said, according to the AP.

People attend a rally to support the strike of transgender workers at Netflix

People attend a rally in support of Netflix transgender workers’ strike ‘Stand Up in Solidarity’ to protest the streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special

Dave Briggs holding a placard as he attends a rally in support of Netflix transgender workers' strike

Dave Briggs holding a sign as he attends a rally in support of the Netflix transgender employee strike ‘Stand Up in Solidarity’ to protest the Dave Chappelle special

Terra Field, who identifies on Twitter as a senior software engineer at Netflix and as a trans, posted tweets criticizing Chappelle’s special immediately after it aired and the comments were widely shared.

In her posts, Field said the comic was criticized not for being offensive, but for the damage they do to the trans community, especially black trans women.

Field included a list of trans and non-binary men and women of color she believes had been murdered, adding in each case that the victim is “not offended.”

Wednesday’s protest was attended by a small group of counter-protesters, holding placards reading “Freedom of speech is a right” and “Truth is not transphobic.”

Belissa Cohen, a former journalist, said she was there to support “Netflix’s decision not to pull the special.”

“We want to show that there is no unanimous support for the transgender ideology when it comes to Netflix viewers,” Cohen said.

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