Jon Stewart is placing on his public relations cap in protection of longtime buddy, comic Dave Chappelle, who Stewart is adamant was not making an attempt to be divisive in his newest comedy particular, “The Nearer.”
Netflix staff staged a walkout on Wednesday after beforehand taking to social media and issuing inside memos to the streamer’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos, calling for the comedy providing to be faraway from the platform after many felt Chappelle made jokes negatively impacting the transgender group.
“That’s a distinct component however I do know he’s one in all my favourite individuals on the planet and he’s only a good, respectable… – , if there may be any miscommunication, I’m positive that – I really like that dude, like as an individual,” Stewart, 58, advised TMZ Thursday on Capitol Hill.
“He’s heat and smart and all these issues,” added “The Downside with Jon Stewart” host, who was in Washington D.C. to foyer for approval of medical payments to navy veterans uncovered to poisonous burn pits. The previous “Every day Present” cornerstone mentioned the difficulty on a current episode of his Apple TV+ sequence.
Protesters on Wednesday held indicators exterior of a Netflix workplace constructing in Los Angeles, California with the phrases “Trans lives matter” and “Transphobia isn’t a joke” amongst others.
Requested if he felt it was a promising concept for Chappelle to conform to a sit-down with enraged Netflix staff, Stewart mentioned why not if it results in open dialogue between the funnyman and people who felt slighted by Chappelle’s jokes.
“Look, if this spurs a dialog the place individuals get extra on the identical web page by way of understanding that’d be nice however I do know his intention isn’t hurtful – like, he’s simply not that type of individual,” Stewart defined in his protection of the “Sticks and Stones” orator, 48.
“And whether it is [hurtful], it’s definitely unintentional,” Stewart pressed. “He’s actually – he’s a very good man.”
In the meantime, amid cries from detractors to cancel Chappelle for his controversial remarks, the comic simply performed to a sold-out crowd in London on the evening of the Netflix worker walkout.
In response to Selection, Chappelle advised comedy-goers he plans to take “The Nearer” on the street if it will get pulled from Netflix. Attendees claimed Chappelle mentioned he would display the particular in 10 cities throughout the U.S.
One individual reportedly advised the outlet that Chappelle did point out that the protest happening in Los Angeles “wasn’t favorable” for him. One other mentioned the entertainer appeared “baffled” by the transphobia and homophobia accusations made towards him.
Podcast host and commentator Joe Rogan additionally went to bat for Chappelle amid the uproar and mentioned the jokes are “under no circumstances transphobic.”
On Tuesday’s installment of “The Joe Rogan Expertise,” Rogan revealed he and Chappelle have “texted backwards and forwards” concerning the Netflix drama and that he is “driving out the storm.”
Fox Information’ Jessica Napoli and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.