Dave Chappelle’s controversial special ‘The Closer’ gets a high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes
The comedian has been accused of making transphobic comments in his latest Netflix special
Dave Chappelle’s controversial new Netflix standup special “The Closer” has a very high audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes amid calls from activists to remove the piece of content from the streamer’s library.
The comedian, 48, is being criticized by many in the LGBTQ+ community for comments he made about transgender people. Despite many like Netflix’s own “Dear White People” showrunner Jaclyn Moore coming out strong against the special, Chappelle himself has been able to laugh off the backlash, even getting a standing ovation during an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl last week.
Dave Chappelle’s ‘The Closer’ has a high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s worth noting, though, that these numbers can often change as more reviews pour in overtime. In addition, because the special appears on Netflix, none of the reviews are “verified” by the site, meaning that Rotten Tomatoes can’t verify that those posting have actually seen “The Closer.”
With so much debate behind it, it’s possible “The Closer” currently has a high score based on people reacting to the controversy sparked by a handful of jokes on the special rather than the piece of content as a whole. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the score will go down or that people don’t genuinely love “The Closer.”
In 2019, Chappelle received similar rebukes from the transgender community over comments he made in his previous Netflix comedy special, “Sticks & Stones.” However, that special currently has a 99% audience score with more than 25,000 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.