People Come to Hannah Gadsby’s Defense After Dave Chappelle Takes Shot

Hannah Gadsby unleashed the wrath of Dave Chappelle after she criticized his Netflix special 'The Closer.' Now people are coming to her defense. 

Hannah Gadsby at Hamilton premiere at Lyric Theatre

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Hannah Gadsby at Hamilton premiere at Lyric Theatre

Comedian Hannah Gadsby unleashed the wrath of Dave Chappelle after she criticized his Netflix special The Closer. Now people are coming to her defense. 

In a clip Chappelle posted to his Instagram on Monday, he said he’s willing to meet with transgender Netflix employees, but only under certain conditions. 

“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end,” Chappelle said. “You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

The jab at Gadsby—who has Netflix specials of her own in Nanette and Douglas—come after the comedian responded to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, after he defended Chappelle’s special using her own work as an example. Gadsby wrote that she would prefer if Sarandos “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 world view,” Gadsby 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 in her Instagram post, writing “F*ck you and your amoral algorithm cult.”

“I do shits with more back bone than you,” Gadsby wrote. “That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.” 

After Chappelle’s post, Gadsby’s fans have been flocking to her defense, with many pointing out that she is, in fact, funny. Check out some of the more notable reactions below.

Hannah Gadsby is HILARIOUS and smart as hell. She is also a lesbian and neurodivergent so I see Dave Chappelle is still punching down on people I love. What a waste of his talents.

— 🍂Just a dork trying to be the good (@ShaNaNaWednesdy) October 26, 2021

does dave chappelle not get that he is hannah gadsby for guys

— amelia elizalde (@ameliaelizalde) October 26, 2021

Dave Chappelle told a “joke” about assaulting a lesbian in his stand up special and now demands that trans people “admit that Hannah Gadsby isn’t funny” in case any cis lesbians are confused, people who hate trans people hate you too. They do not make a distinction.

— lauren 🛸 (@Itslaureniguess) October 25, 2021

Hannah Gadsby is living rent free in the heads of every male comedian is existence—and absolutely EATING THEM UP inside—and for that (among other things) I love her very much.

— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) October 26, 2021

Hannah Gadsby is too smart and funny to deserve having the most self-righteous dumbfucks in comedy drag her into their conversation.

— Dan Telfer (@dantelfer) October 25, 2021

Just want to be the first to congratulate Hannah Gadsby on her forthcoming $21 million from Netflix.

— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) October 26, 2021

Hannah Gadsby is funny af, also brilliant, also I am desperate to take an art history class from her

— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) October 25, 2021

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