Jay-Z shared his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s recent show The closest, saying that “real art must spark conversation”.
Chappelle was criticized after calling herself “TERF” in her recent Netflix special while defending JK Rowling, but also said “people who watch her specials would know I’ve never had a problem with transgender people. “.
Jay-Z said he felt uncomfortable at times on the show but ultimately “real art has to spark conversation.” Sometimes it’s going to be abrasive, something that will put people off. But it opens up the opportunity to have a dialogue.
The rapper then called Chappelle “super brave and super genius.” If you hang out with him he’s awesome, ”during a Q + A on Twitter. “I think he pushed a lot of buttons.”
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“These algorithms allow you to talk to people who agree with you,” Jay-Z continued. “We have to talk to each other when we don’t agree… Anything that doesn’t have that tension won’t be real. We had fake conversations all this time before Trump was in power, and then we got to see people for who they really were. And then we have to have real conversations.
“I think great art divides. Some love it, others hate it. When you do great art you have to be brave and create something that you believe in. That’s what it’s about.
The comments come after Chappelle helped induct Jay-Z into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last month, alongside Barack Obama.
Following the release of Chappelle’s The closest, Netflix staff staged a walkout that was supported by a number of stars associated with the streaming service, including Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, actors Jameela Jamil and Elliot Page.
Elsewhere, Netflix boss Ted Sarandos admitted to “screwing up” after defending the special on social media.