Matt Stone of South Park fame said that the reputation of Netflix has gone up among Hollywood creatives after they held the line in response to the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s The Closer.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the South Park co-creator said their position in Tinseltown has been elevated. They should know about controversy, as during every season of South Park they get numerous complaints about ignoring all the rules around what you can and can’t mock.
Chappelle’s special has caused complaints from the Trans community, something which South Park has also been hit with over the years. Stone said:
“I think Netflix’s reputation in the Hollywood community went way, way up. That’s all I’m going to say. There are some people who do not agree. But the vast majority of creative people in Hollywood were happy with Netflix’s decision. That’s my feeling. I can’t prove that.”
Well, maybe some of these other creatives need to speak up a bit then, rather than be cowed by the mob?
Chappelle came out to address the previous controversy in Sticks and Stones, his 2019 Netflix special which was itself a target of LGBTQ+ complaints, in The Closer. It didn’t work and 100 Netflix employees out of over 12,000 staged a protest claiming their safe spaces had been violated and demanding Netflix drop the special.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos recently said that although he “screwed up” his communication to Netflix staff unhappy that Chappelle’s special was not removed, he stood entirely by Chappelle creatively and the special would be staying.
South Park has been laughing in the face of cancel culture for years with creators Stone and Parker saying openly they:
“…have zero concern about criticism, outrage or cancel culture. We have been waiting to get canceled for 30 years. We have been dealing with this shit the whole time we have been making the show. And we can’t complain. Things have been going fine for us. It gives us fodder and gives us something to talk about.”
In retrospect, nobody could have expected that Dave Chappelle would be the front line in the culture war, but here we are!
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