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Netflix employees raised concerns about Dave Chappelle’s special days before its release

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FILE – Dave Chappelle arrives at the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington, D.C. A top Netflix executive said Dave Chappelle’s special “The Closer” doesn’t cross “the line on hate” and will remain on the streaming service despite fallout over the comedian’s remarks about the trans community. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Netflix employees raised concerns about offensive material in Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special “The Closer” days before its release. They warned executives that a series of jokes about gender-neutral pronouns and the genitalia of transgender people was potentially inflammatory and damaging.