Transgender writer and co-showrunner of Netflix’s Dear White People Jaclyn Moore announced a boycotting of Netflix after taking offence to their production and airing of Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, The Closer.
“I told the story of my transition for @netflix and @most ‘s Pride week. It’s a network that’s been my home on @DearWhitePeople. I’ve loved working there,” wrote Moore on Twitter, following the release of Dave Chappelle’s The Closer special before declaring, “I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”
In a follow-up tweet, the Dear White People writer asserted, “I love so many of the people I’ve worked with at Netflix. Brilliant people and executives who have been collaborative and fought for important art… But I’ve been thrown against walls because, ‘I’m not a ‘real’ woman.'”
“I’ve had beer bottles thrown at me,” Moore added. So @Netlix, I’m done.”
According to Moore, “Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he’s a TERF,” – or Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist, a term that some members of the transgender community quite literally use to refer to feminists who are anti-trans activists – “He compared my existence to someone doing blackface.”
“He talks about [Caitlyn Jenner] winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad,” she explained.
Chappelle referenced the term during his special while addressing the social media cancellation of J.K. Rowling following her disagreement with some transgender political and social stances.
“They cancelled J.K. Rowling, and they cancelled her because she said gender was a fact,” said Chappelle during his comedy routine. “And then the trans community went mad as s—t. They started calling her a TERF. I didn’t know what the f—k that was, but I know that trans people make up words to win arguments. So I looked it up. Trans is an acronym. Stands for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist. This is a real thing.”
Chappelle then went on to state that not only does he see himself as a feminist, but he also aligns himself with “team TERF,” revealing that he agrees with Rowling’s sentiments that “gender is a fact.”
“You have to look at it from a woman’s perspective,” he added.
“They cancelled @jk_rowling, they started calling her a TERF. I didn't even know what that was, but I know that trans people make up words to win arguments… I'm team TERF.”
— Women's Voices (@WomenReadWomen) October 7, 2021
Moore then touched upon a story told by Chappelle near the end of his comedy routine about his friend Daphne Dorman, a transgender comedian who was labelled as transphobic by the cancel culture mob after defending Chappelle and his previous Sticks & Stones special.
“And then he ended his special with a ‘but I had a trans friend’ story. He says we don’t listen. But he’s not listening,” dismissed Moore without a hint of irony. “Those words have real world consequences. Consequences that every trans woman I know has to deal with. Bruises and panicked phone calls to friends. That’s real.”
In The Closer, Chappelle recalls how, “When Sticks & Stones came out, a lot of people in the trans community were furious with me and apparently they dragged me on Twitter. I don’t give a f—k ’cause Twitter is not a real place.”
“And the hardest thing for a person to do is go against their tribe if they disagree with their tribe, but Daphne did that for me,” he continued. “She wrote a tweet that was very beautiful and what she said was, and it is almost exactly what she said. She said, ‘punching down on someone requires you to think less of them and I know [Chappelle] and he doesn’t. He doesn’t punch up, he doesn’t punch down, he punches lines, and he is a master at his craft.’”
Chappelle added, “Beautiful tweet, beautiful friend, it took a lot of heart to defend me like that. And when she did that, the trans community dragged that b—h all over Twitter. For days they was going in on her, and she was holding her own ’cause she’s funny. But six days after that wonderful night I described to you, my friend Daphne killed herself. Oh yeah, this is a true story, my heart was broken.”
Further voicing her thoughts, Moore wrote, “I’ve been trying to figure out why Chappelle’s newest trans bit feels so much worse to me. I think it’s because in the past it’s always felt like his talking about these issues felt like his ‘ain’t I stinker?’ half… But this was coming from the other ‘let me be profound’ half.”
“Not that the ‘Ain’t I stinker’ trans jokes were fine,” Moore said. “But they didn’t make me feel like ‘look at these people despising trans people when they laugh!’ The stuff from this special felt that way VERY CLEARLY.”
Moore continued, “And the audience received it as such. Their responses were euphoric. ‘He’s finally saying it!’ Seeing that crowd hate trans people so openly? It made my blood run cold.”
However, Chapelle was not without his supporters, as many fans took to social media to refute Moore’s disingenuous assertions of transphobia.
Some of these said supporters did insult Moore’s person and used slur. This allowed the writer to play the victim card with hand-delivered examples with which the Dear White People showrunner could use to support the appraisal of Dave Chappelle as a bigot.
Sharing a screenshot of some of the more egregious messages other users had sent, Moore wrote, “‘It’s not transphobic. It’s not dangerous! You just didn’t get it!'”
While the messages are indeed offensive, it’s plausible that only a very small number of people actually sent a message of this type, as the Dear White People writer tends to share posts about alleged experiences with “transphobic” people while providing no evidence whatsoever.
Further, Moore seemingly enjoys the attention from sharing tweets about these kind of experiences that may or may not have happened.
“When you’re a trans woman, men treat you like a sex doll they want to f—k in secret because they’re embarrassed, and women treat you like a purse they want to show off once to prove how stylish they are before putting you in the back of their closet,” Moore previously asserted on October 5th. “Either way you’re an object.”
In June, Moore tweeted, “Okay, so transphobes hate when trans women talk about PMS. But transphobes hate when trans women talk about anything so… my nipples hurt so much, I’m an emotional wreck for no reason, and hormonal cycles are real even if we don’t have uteruses.”
“Transitioning after ‘making it’ in Hollywood is weird,” Moore revealed later that same day, explaining, “When I was a man with no experience people accepted my ‘fake it till you make it’ confidence as real. But now I don’t need to fake it. I know what the f—k I’m doing and I have the experience. Yet my expertise is doubted.”
“And it is often the same people who thought I was brilliant before, who now suddenly doubt and question me at every turn,” Moore added in a follow-up tweet. “Despite, again, the fact I’m waaaay more successful and experienced now than I was when they treated me like a genius. Male privilege is a hell of a drug.”
“Someone with power talking to Jack bulls—tting through a pitch: ‘Wow. I think you have such a special voice. I don’t want to get in the way of that,'” wrote Moore. “The same person talking to Jaclyn: ‘I just don’t think you understand the market place right now,'” providing zero evidence that this is a legitimate experience.
“I hate being misgendered, but I REALLY hate being misgendered twice,” declared Moore in yet another tweet where no evidence was provided. “The first time? It hurts, but I get it. I live in the world. I’m tall, I have manly features I’m fighting against. Etc. But once I correct you politely, misgendering me again feels like a choice. A cruel choice.”
“Transphobes will be like, ‘LOOK AT THIS MANNNNN. HE EXPECTS US TO THINK HE’S A WOMANNNNN?! GROSS!'” Moore wrote a few months back. “And then post a picture of like a gorgeous, cis-passing supermodel with perfect tits. It’s almost like passing shouldn’t be the goal… Almost.”
In yet another tweet that appears to be an attempt at sparking controversy, Moore wrote, “‘But you’re too young! What if you had gotten surgery or taken hormones when you were a teen?!’ – I don’t know why TERFs and transphobes love framing a hypothetical where my wildest dreams come true like it’s a horror movie.”
Attempting to justify the use of a particular slur the whole LGBTQ+ community finds offensive, Moore argued in August, “When I’ve had bottles thrown at me for being trans, you know what word they used? ‘F—got.’ So yeah, I’m going to use it if I want.”
She adds, “Imagine thinking trans folks were the oppressors when cis white gays center themselves and their power at the expense of other queers constantly.”
In a September comment that would have probably been considered transphobic in nature just last year when due to the writer’s then-identification as Jack, Moore asserted, “Hating Caitlyn Jenner. A pastime bringing trans women and their estranged families together for years now.”
“A drunk lady in the women’s room just called me ‘gender challenged,'” claimed Moore in another tweet. “I was annoyed but I do have to concede that’s a pretty accurate description of my life before I transitioned.”
Moore would also claim, “Wild that my Uber rating has gone down a ton since I transitioned even though I continue to be polite and tip well. Hmmm. Wonder why that could be.”
In yet another negative experience supposedly endured by Moore – for which no proof was provided – the writer claimed that a Los Angeles valet had used the term sir, which offended Moore.
“Being misgendered by a laughing valet who continuously calls me ‘sir’ despite me correcting him five times? That’s just Saturday night in progressive Los Angeles, baby,” Moore alleged.
“Hey, boyfriends who are whispering to your girlfriends about how gross you think trans women are… One, we can hear you,” claimed the Dear White People showrunner. “And two, in my experience most of y’all are lying.”
“I’m just going to start blaming normal s—t on being trans,” Moore ironically proposed a few weeks ago. “Alarm didn’t go off? Transphobia. Flat tire? Transmisogyny. My stomach hurts after I have ice cream? It’s not because I’m lactose intolerant. It’s because this lactose is trans intolerant.”
As evidenced by this particular tweet, it seems that as if Moore has been blaming everything negative in life on ‘being trans,’ so it isn’t surprising that the writer also deemed Chappelle and Netflix as transphobic.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dave Chappelle is not only unfazed by this recent attempt of cancellation in the slightest, but is seemingly enjoying the “backlash” he’s allegedly gotten from social media.
“If this is what being canceled is like, I love it,” said the comedian last Thursday during a sold-out show at Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl. “F—k Twitter. F—k NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid a— networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.”
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