Netflix Sided With Dave Chappelle

Clark Kent’s son is coming out… Matt Amodio’s “Jeopardy!” streak is over… Halsey posts photos of her body… Kim Kardashian going ahead with divorce from Kanye… and Netflix sided with Dave Chappelle

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Yesterday was National Coming Out Day and Marvel announced big news for their most iconic superhero. In the November issue of “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” Superman is now Jon Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. In the new issue, Jon comes out as bisexual and becomes romantically involved with a male college friend. The writer of the comic says, “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes, and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Brothers share this idea. Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.” Back in March, Marvel revealed the new Captain America, teenager Aaron Fischer, is gay, making him the first LGBTQ character to pick up Cap’s shield. And DC recently had the current Robin, Tim Drake, come out as bi in the comic “Batman: Urban Legends.”

His “Jeopardy!” journey is over. For now. I’m sure they’ll bring Matt Amodio back for the Tournament of Champions or whatever. But Matt’s 38-game winning streak ended yesterday because of this Final Jeopardy clue — “Nazi Germany annexed this nation and divided it into regions of the Alps and the Danube; the Allies later divided it into four sectors.” Matt answered, “What is Poland?” The correct answer was, “What is Austria?” But Matt walks away with a little over $1.5M in winnings and the second-longest winning streak. Ken Jennings hold the record for most wins and most money — 74 wins and $2.5M. Matt passed James Holzhauer’s 32 wins, but James beat him in winnings with $2.4M.

Halsey performed on “SNL” over the weekend and people were giving her a ton of props for how great she looks after giving birth to her son Ender five weeks ago. Halsey posted several pictures of her post-partum body and got real in the caption. “The first picture on this slide is days after my baby was already born. A lot of people don’t know that you still look pregnant for a while after. It is still changing and I am letting it… the body behind all those compliments the other night was wearing a custom-tailored outfit and lighted perfectly after much testing, so I could feel good and do my job. I do not want to feed the Illusion that you’re meant to feel and look ‘great’ immediately postpartum. That is not my narrative currently. I will never have my ‘pre baby body back’ no matter how it changes physically because I have now had a baby! And that has altered me forever; emotionally, spiritually, and physically. That change is permanent. And I don’t want to go back! But, in the spirit of honesty, I’m really tired and not a superhuman and this is really hard. Doing my best to serve my art and my family whilst keeping it all so very real. Love.”

We heard that Kim Kardashian consulted Kanye a ton before she hosted “Saturday Night Live.” Kanye was right there for her during dress rehearsals. We saw them leaving the hotel and riding to the studio together. Kanye was front and center for her opening monologue as she introduced herself as “Kim Kardashian West.” But despite all that love and support, nothing has changed. Kim and Kanye are still getting divorced. A source told Page Six, “They are not back together. He is still her family, and they are friends. They’ve been working on their friendship for the kids, and continue to support each other. He’ll always be her family, and they’ll always support each other.” In fact, Kim and Kanye stayed at separate hotels the entire week — Kim was at The Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South and Kanye was at the Pendry Manhattan West.

Dave Chappelle offended some people with his comments about the LGBTQ community and trans people in his new Netflix special, “The Closer.” In addition to a #CancelDaveChappelle campaign, many were calling for Netflix to remove his special altogether. But Netflix has Dave’s back. “Variety” reported that Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos sent a memo to his employees saying “The Closer” stays. It said, “Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. His last special ‘Sticks & Stones,’ also controversial, is our most-watched, stickiest and most award-winning stand-up special to date. As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful. We don’t allow titles (on) Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line. I recognize that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.” Damon Wayans is sticking up for Dave, saying he isn’t just an “artist,” he’s a “unicorn” and a freedom fighter. Damon told TMZ, “I feel like Dave freed the slaves. Yeah, the comedians. We were slaves to PC culture and he just, you know — as an artist he’s Van Gogh. He cut his ear off. He’s trying to tell us it’s OK.” Meantime, there was a report yesterday that Netflix suspended a trans employee for speaking out against Dave Chappelle. Netflix says that is not what happened. The employee and two others reportedly were suspended for crashing a meeting of the top brass in order to voice their concerns.

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