Is It OK for Humor to Be Harmful

Is It OK for Humor to Be Harmful

On October 20, more than a hundred Netflix employees walked out as a form of protest over the new Netflix original comedy special by Dave Chappelle. Dave Chappelle is one of the most popular comedians and has recently released a new special on Netflix called “The Closer.” In this special he made a joke saying “Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth.” Some transgender viewers were upset at this joke calling it transphobic. He also made a joke where he punched a lesbian woman in a nightclub, and they did not like this joke much either. The LGBT community has criticized this special saying it promotes violence against LGBT people. When asked about this special, Netflix stood by Dave Chappelle saying that the special would remain on their streaming service.