Comedian has been accused of making transphobic remarks in his latest Netflix special
Dave Chappelle’s controversial new Netflix standup special “The Closer” has high audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, which calls for activists to remove the piece of content from the streamer’s library.
The 48-year-old comedian has been criticized by many in the LGBTQ+ community for his comments about transgender people. Despite going strong against many like Netflix’s own “Dear White People” showrunner Jacqueline Moore, Chappelle herself has been able to laugh off the backlash even after receiving a standing ovation during an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl last week.
While much of the talk surrounding “The Closer” has been concerned with comments that have been deemed transphobic by many, it seems that hundreds of people have flocked to the popular film and TV critical aggregator to share their positive thoughts on the special. Currently, even amidst the backlash, over 1,000 ratings collected by the site have made it a 96% Audience Score.
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However, it’s worth noting that these numbers can often change as more reviews come in over time. Also, because the special appears on Netflix, none of the reviews are “verified” by the site, meaning Rotten Tomatoes cannot verify that those who posted it have actually seen “The Closer.”
In the past, ledge Reports that the company deals with people bombing certain projects with reviews that have less to do with the project’s content and more to do with the political or cultural discussion that has spread in the media. The bombardment of critics or fans is designed to artificially raise or lower a project’s score in the midst of any controversy. The outlet cites projects such as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” as examples.
With so much debate behind it, it’s possible that “The Closer” currently has a higher score, based on people reacting to the controversy, sparked by a handful of jokes on the specifics rather than the content as a whole. Be. However, that doesn’t mean the score will go down or that people don’t really like “The Closer.”
In 2019, Chappelle received a similar rebuke from the transgender community over the comments he made in his previous Netflix comedy special, “Sticks and Stones.” However, that particular is currently 99% Audience Score With over 25,000 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.