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Hannah Gadsby Slams Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos for Defending Dave Chappelle

Hannah Gadsby Slams Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos for Defending Dave Chappelle

Hannah Gadsby is speaking out.

Earlier this month, comedian Dave Chappelle faced backlash after making anti-trans and LGBTQIA+ statements in his new comedy special The Closer.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos responded to calls for the streamer to cut ties with the comedian over his comments in a company wide memo, writing, “We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story. So we have Sex Education, Orange Is The New Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix. Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself.”

In a statement shared to Instagram, Hannah reacted to being name-checked by Ted in his memo and shared her thoughts on the streamer’s decision to continue their work with Dave.

Click inside to see what she wrote…

“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess. Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial word view,” she wrote.

“You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted,” she continued. “F— you and your amoral algorithm cult…. I do s—s with more back bone than you. That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.”

She added in the caption, “Yes I watched the whole thing. Leave me alone,” along with the hashtags “#transisbeautiful #comedyisdead #ikilledit.”

Hannah has two comedy specials on Netflix: 2018′s Nanette and its 2020 follow-up, Douglas.

An employee at Netflix was fired earlier today after leaking confidential information about how much the company paid for its various shows as a form of protest against the Chappelle special.

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