Hannah Gadsby says Netflix’s ‘Gender Agenda’ is a comedy special for the gays

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Hannah Gadsby’s caller Netflix special, “Gender Agenda,” is nan nonstop consequence of what nan comedian described arsenic nan “brouhaha” surrounding nan streaming giant’s showcasing of Dave Chappelle, who has a history of making jokes astir transgender people.

“Last clip Netflix brought this galore trans group together was for a protest,” Gadsby, who uses they/them pronouns, jokes astatine nan commencement of nan 75-minute show, referring to erstwhile hundreds of Netflix employees, galore of them transgender, organized a activity stoppage successful October 2021 successful guidance to Chappelle’s typical “The Closer.” 

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaHannah Gadsby astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

“Gender Agenda,” which premiered connected March 5,  gives sound to 7 genderqueer comedians from astir nan world: Oregon-based Mx. Dahlia Belle; New York-based Jes Tom and Asha Ward; Canada-based DeAnne Smith; and U.K.-based Chloe Petts and Krishna Istha. Gadsby, who has 3 different Netflix specials nether their loop — “Nanette,” “Douglas” and “Something Special” — spearheaded  nan show, which they besides host.

“There are conscionable truthful galore transphobic comedians being platformed and ritually remunerated, and I wanted to humanize genderqueer and trans comics connected nan very level wherever they’re being dehumanized,” Gadsby said successful an question and reply pinch NBC News. 

Netflix declined to comment, and Chappelle did not instantly return a petition for comment.

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaAsha Ward astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

Chappelle, who has 7 specials streaming connected Netflix, said during “The Closer” that nan trans organization wants him “dead” for his past jokes, which person included referring to a trans female successful a derisive way. After facing criticism, Chappelle said he would meet pinch trans labor astatine Netflix, but only if they watched each of nan special. In his 2023 special, “The Dreamer,” Chappelle continued to talk astir trans group and joked that he would opportunity he identifies arsenic a female if he ever went to jailhouse successful California.

Gadsby says successful “Gender Agenda” that they purposefully didn’t get progressive successful nan contention surrounding “The Closer,” but past their sanction “got brought into nan muck.”

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaALOK astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

In consequence to nan backlash, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos sent retired an soul memo touting nan company’s divers content, successful which he named Gadsby, Variety reported astatine nan time. 

Gadsby responded pinch a blistering post connected Instagram.

“You didn’t salary maine astir capable to woody pinch nan existent world consequences of nan dislike reside canine whistling you garbage to acknowledge, Ted,” Gadsby said astatine nan time. “F--- you and your amoral algorithm cult… I do s---- pinch much backbone than you.” 

Netflix didn’t respond to Gadsby’s post.

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaKrishna Istha astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

Looking backmost connected their response, Gadsby said they had caused “a spot of a fuss” connected societal media, but wanted to create thing constructive. So, they said, they worked pinch Netflix to find genderqueer comedians from astir nan world and springiness them nan abstraction to talk astir what they wanted to talk about.

“You can’t conscionable talk successful guidance to group who are bringing hateful chat to nan table, because they’re mounting nan tone,” Gadsby told NBC News. They want “Gender Agenda” to “recenter nan conversation” astir queer and trans comedians, “and moreover if that is conscionable contented for america and our community, I deliberation that’s enough. We whitethorn not alteration anyone’s mind, we whitethorn solidify their hatred toward us, but we request contented too.”

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaMx. Dahlia Belle astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

Gadsby notes during nan typical that 1 show dedicated to trans and queer comics “won’t hole it, it’s not enough.” 

“You don’t raze nan Amazon and works a tree,” Gadsby jokes. “This is nan c offset show.”

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaChloe Petts astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

During nan special, nan 7 comedians joke astir everything from being competitory astatine nan bouquet flip astatine weddings to nan thought that nan connection cisgender, which refers to personification who is not transgender, is simply a slur. Gadsby, who introduces each comedian during nan special, astatine 1 constituent jokes astir nan statement complete trans inclusion successful sports.

They said nan typical is connected Netflix — nan very level that besides hosts Chappelle’s specials — because that is wherever nan conversations affecting LGBTQ group are happening. 

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaJes Tom astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

They said 1 of nan cardinal things they dream group return distant from nan typical is “just nan diverseness of acquisition of being genderqueer.” 

“Gender is specified a basal to each human’s identity,” Gadsby said. “When we meet someone, we categorize their gender. So this is an incredibly difficult point to disrupt. And it could beryllium playful, but it’s not, it’s go politicized and it’s becoming progressively vulnerable to locomotion astir successful a genderqueer body. That’s ever been, to a definite extent, rather true. But now we’re trying to benignant of beryllium visible successful ways that we haven’t previously. And truthful I conscionable wanted to show a humanized practice of genderqueer comics.”

Hannah Gadsby’s Gender AgendaDeAnne Smith astatine nan Alexandra Palace successful London.Matt Crossick / Netflix

Jo Yurcaba

Jo Yurcaba is simply a newsman for NBC Out.