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Dave Chappelle

Comedian Dave Chappelle has recently come under fire for his hateful and derogatory views of the Jewish and LGBTQ communities.

As someone who has a long-standing relationship with Nation of Islam (NOI) leader and notorious antisemite, Lois Farrakhan, it is not surprising that Chappelle vilifies and targets Jews.

In his Netflix special “The Closer”, Chappelle describes how the many UFO videos he watched during quarantine due to COVID-19, inspired him to think of an idea for a movie called “Space Jews“.

“In my movie idea, we find out that these aliens are originally from earth – that they’re from an ancient civilization that achieved interstellar travel and left the earth thousands of years ago,” he says. “Some other planet they go to, and things go terrible for them on the other planet, so they come back to earth, [and] decide that they want to claim the earth for their very own. It’s a pretty good plotline, huh? I call it ‘Space Jews.'”

Chappelle’s insinuation that Jews are non-humans who want to take over the world is akin to classic antisemitic canards expressed in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Nazi ideology.

Chappelle also implies that Jews wrongfully occupied Israel, ignoring the fact that the Jewish people have been indigenous to the land of Israel for thousands of years. In his movie, Jews are aliens from outer space who have wandered vast lands [the Diaspora] and decided they need a foreign space [Israel] to take as their own due to the bad treatment they’ve received in said foreign lands.

Further in his special, Chappelle expands on the “Space Jews” joke by telling a story about a slave who gained his freedom and proceeded to buy farmland and owned slaves himself. Chappelle asks the audience how a former slave could possibly perpetuate “the same evil on a person that looks just like him. And shockingly, they’re making a movie about him. Ironically, it’s called ‘Space Jews.'”

In the second part of his act, Chappelle continues to portray Jews as alien invaders, viciously equating Israel and Jews to Nazis in a clearly antisemitic way as defined in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.

Despite the outrage and pain caused by Chappelle’s hateful rhetoric, Netflix’s CEO has shamefully doubled down on the company’s support of the antisemitic comedian, refusing to remove the special.

If Netflix refuses to cut ties with antisemites like Dave Chappelle, perhaps it’s time for all of us to cut ties with Netflix!