A prime Netflix govt mentioned Dave Chappelle’s particular “The Closer” doesn’t cross “the line on hate” and can stay on the streaming service regardless of fallout over the comic’s remarks in regards to the transgender neighborhood.
In an inner memo, co-CEO Ted Sarandos informed managers that “some talent” could be part of third events in calling for the present’s elimination, including, “which we are not going to do.”
Netflix declined touch upon the memo, which was reported Monday by Variety.
But the corporate responded to information reviews it had suspended three workers, together with one, Terra Field, who’d criticized Chappelle’s particular in tweets. Field identifies herself on Twitter as a senior software program engineer at Netflix and as trans.
“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,” Netflix mentioned in an announcement.
According to an individual aware of the matter, the three workers joined a quarterly assembly for firm administrators and vice presidents with out gaining authorization. The particular person, who wasn’t approved to debate the state of affairs publicly, mentioned one employee was suspended because of an investigation.
What if any motion was or is perhaps taken in opposition to the opposite two employees was unknown.
Field didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. In her posts, she mentioned that Chappelle was being criticized not as a result of his feedback are offensive however for the hurt they do to the trans neighborhood, particularly Black ladies.
Field included an inventory of trans and nonbinary women and men of coloration who she mentioned had been killed, including in every case that the sufferer “is not offended.”
A consultant for Chappelle didn’t reply to a request for remark.
In an announcement Monday, the media watchdog group GLAAD mentioned that “anti-LGBTQ content” violates Netflix’s coverage to reject packages that incite hate or violence. GLAAD known as on Netflix executives to “listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders, and audiences and commit to living up to their own standards.”
When Chappelle’s particular was launched final week, the group mentioned that the comic’s “brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
Jaclyn Moore, who was a author and producer on the Netflix present “Dear White People,” tweeted that she labored with executives and others on the service who “fought for important art” and that she informed “the story of my transition for @netflix.”
But she faces hate and assaults as a result of “I’m not a ‘real woman,’” Moore mentioned.
“I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content,” she mentioned on Twitter.