Who Is Jaclyn Moore? Trans 'Dear White People' Showrunner Boycotts Netflix Over Chappelle

Jaclyn Moore, a writer and co-showrunner of Neflix's Dear White People, announced on Wednesday that she will no longer pursue work with the streaming company after she watched Dave Chappelle's recent standup special, The Closer.

Moore, a trans woman, was hurt by several jokes made in the Netflix special about transgender people and said on Instagram she would stand against working for a company that continues "promoting and profiting from dangerous transphobic content."

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The co-showrunner of Netflix's "Dear White People" said she will no longer work with the streaming company due to its airing of Dave Chappelle's controversial special, "The Closer." In this photo illustration, the Netflix logo is seen on the screen of an iPhone in front of a computer screen showing a Netflix logo on February 13, 2019 in Paris, France. Chesnot/Getty Images

Moore, 33, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has also written for the HBO show Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick, and the since-canceled Nick Nolte series Graves. Next, viewers will see her work as a writer and executive producer for the reboot of Queer as Folk for Peacock, which is set to premiere sometime in 2022.

Moore transitioned during the pandemic, a journey she documented on her Twitter and Instagram accounts—the same accounts where she made her stand against Netflix known.

After announcing her decision to step away from Netflix on Instagram, Moore followed up by tweeting, "I love so many of the people I've worked with at Netflix. Brilliant people and executives who have been collaborative and fought for important art...But I've been thrown against walls because, 'I'm not a "real" woman.' I've had beer bottles thrown at me. So, @netflix, I'm done."

Dear White People's fourth and final season was released on September 22, but Moore said she will not return to Netflix with any material she's working on now.

"I'm developing stuff currently and there's always a conversation about where are we going to take the pitch," she said in an interview with Variety published on Thursday. "I am not going to be taking anything to Netflix for the time being. I don't know what it will take for me to feel comfortable in changing that. I know that it will take some action."

During the interview, Moore also noted that she's not in favor of "canceling" Chappelle or even censoring him. She also said that she doesn't necessarily think Netflix should pull his specials. Rather, Moore said she was upset that since The Closer didn't air live, the fact that the company saw the transphobic material in prerecorded form and decided to keep it was problematic.

Moore has said that she once admired Chappelle's comedy. On Twitter, she wrote, "Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he's a TERF [trans-exclusionary radical feminist]. He compared my existence to someone doing blackface. He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad."

Chappelle was one of my heroes. I was at his comeback show in NYC. But he said he's a TERF. He compared my existence to someone doing blackface. He talks about someone winning a Woman of the Year award despite never having a period should make women mad and that it makes him mad.

— Jaclyn Moore (@JaclynPMoore) October 7, 2021

"He's a brilliant goofy comedian, he's brilliant as a political comedian," Moore said to Variety. "He has been brilliant for so so long, but I also don't think because you've been brilliant means that you're always brilliant."

"I don't think it's my place to tell Dave Chappelle what he needs to do," Moore added in the interview. "He should make the jokes that he wants to make. I cannot like them and that's what I'm saying here."

Chappelle has faced criticism elsewhere in the LGBTQ+ community for jokes made in The Closer. Following the special's release, GLAAD tweeted: "Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree."