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Flame Monroe rushed to defend fellow comedian Dave Chappelle following outrage over his Netflix comedy special, The Closer.

Flame -- a Black trans comic -- tells TMZ he's not in favor of taking Dave's new Netflix special off the air - because in the world of comedy, nothing is off-limits.

Dave cracking jokes over the LGBTQ+ community is fair game, says Flame, and should NOT be censored in the slightest.

"So as a comedian I believe that I don't want to be censored," Flame tells TMZ.

"I think that nothing is off limits and I think the social climate right now and the temperament started way back with Norman Lear, who had his finger on the pulse many years ago."

Flame went on to explain that Lear took risks with his television shows, such as Good Times and The Jeffersons, which tackled social issues such as racism and intolerance.

"The world has become too censored," said Flame.

"As a comedian, I don't want to be censored. As a trans woman, I want equality. And as a Black person, I want fair treatment in this country that we've been trying to get for 400 years."

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Flame goes further by praising Chappelle as "great," while also saying he believes Chappelle has brought people together in a much needed way -- to create open dialogue.

Flame said, "I absolutely do not think the special should be taken off of Netflix... There is no topic that should be off limits."
 

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Netflix bosses are standing by comedian Dave Chappelle and his controversial new comedy special, "The Closer."

The streaming service defended its decision not to pull The Closer, and suspended an MtF trans employee who spoke out against it.

Co-CEO Ted Sarandos insisted he won't remove the hit comedy special, despite outrage from LGBT+ rights and transgender activists, who accused Chappelle of going too far.

A company source revealed that three Netflix employees have been suspended for crashing a quarterly directors meeting to complain, WENN.com reported.

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One of the suspended employees, Terra Field, a senior software engineer at Netflix, crashed a director-level meeting at the San Francisco headquarters to complain about The Closer.

Netflix invites 500 of its top employees to the annual meeting, however, Field's name was not on the invite list.

On Oct. 6, Field wrote a lengthy Twitter thread about The Closer and included transphobic tweets from other Twitter users.

Serandos told The Hollywood Reporter that Field and the other two employees were not suspended for speaking out on social media.

"It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so."

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Sarandos defended Chappelle and his new special in an internal memo to Netflix staff and talent:

"Some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.

"Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him... 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, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why or My Unorthodox Life.

Serandos continued:

"Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate. 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, however, 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."

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Fellow comedian Damon Wayans praised Chappelle for freeing comedian "slaves."

"The comedians. We were slaves to PC culture," Wayans told TMZ. "As an artist, he's Van Gogh with his ear off. He's trying to tell us, 'It's okay.'"

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