UK Markets closed
  • NIKKEI 225

    27,935.62
    +113.86 (+0.41%)
     
  • HANG SENG

    23,658.92
    +183.66 (+0.78%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    65.71
    +0.14 (+0.21%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,781.50
    -0.10 (-0.01%)
     
  • DOW

    34,022.04
    -461.68 (-1.34%)
     
  • BTC-GBP

    43,034.15
    -348.72 (-0.80%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,442.71
    -26.37 (-1.79%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    15,254.05
    -283.64 (-1.83%)
     
  • ^FTAS

    4,089.19
    +63.32 (+1.57%)
     

Jon Stewart defends Dave Chappelle amid backlash

·1-min read

Jon Stewart believes the backlash against his friend, Dave Chappelle, is a result of "miscommunication."

On Thursday, the 58-year-old comedian was asked to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Chappelle's recent Netflix special, The Closer, which triggered Netflix employees to stage a walk-out the day before. Stewart told TMZ the Chappelle Show star was one of his "favourite people on the planet" and argued the backlash may be due to miscommunication.

"That's a different element but I know he's one of my favourite people on the planet and he's just a good, decent... you know, if there is any miscommunication, I'm sure that - I love that dude, like as a person," the funnyman said. "He's warm and wise and all those things."

The walkout was planned after internal memos from the streaming platform's co-CEO Ted Sarandos reinforced the company's stance to keep the special on the platform. Attendees held signs that read "Trans lives matter" and "Transphobia is not a joke" in response.

When asked if the embattled comedian should engage with protesters about his remarks to address their concerns, The Problem with Jon Stewart host said that a conversation may lead to greater understanding.

"Look, if this spurs a conversation where people get more on the same page in terms of understanding that'd be great but I know his intention is never hurtful - like, he's just not that kind of person," he said of the 48-year-old. "And if it is (hurtful), it's certainly unintentional. He's really - he's a good man."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting