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“Even though the media frames it that it’s me versus that community, that is not what it is…It’s about corporate interests and what I can say and what I cannot say,” he says.

Comedian Dave Chappelle responded to the controversy around his Netflix special “The Closer,” claiming the outrage has “nothing to do with” the LGBTQ community, but is instead about “corporate interests, and what I can say and what I cannot say.”

In the new stand-up video shared Monday, Chappelle told the transgender community he’s “more than willing to give you an audience” but noted that he’s “not bending to anyone’s demands.”

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true—If they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about,” Chappelle said. “I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not?”

“You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”

Chappelle pointed out that the online outrage fomented by the mainstream media is a distraction from the true issue, which is free speech at odds with “corporate interests.”

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