LOS-ANGELES — A top Netflix executive stated Dave Chappelle ‘s special “The Closer”, which doesn’t cross the “line on hate,” and will continue to stream the service, despite the fallout from the comedian’s comments about the transgender community.
In an internal memo Ted Sarandos, co-CEO, told managers that “some talents” might join third parties calling for the show’s cancellation, and added, “which we aren’t going to do .”
Netflix declined to comment on the memo. It was reported by Variety Monday.
But the company responded to news reports it had suspended three employees, including one, Terra Field, who’d criticized Chappelle‘s special in tweets. Field identified herself as a senior software engineer at Netflix, and as trans.
” It is false to claim that any employees were suspended for posting about the show. Netflix released a statement saying that employees are encouraged and supported to express their opinions.
According to an individual familiar with the matter the employees attended a quarterly meeting of company directors and vice-presidents without authorization. According to the person who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, one worker was terminated as a result if an investigation.
It was not known if there was any action taken against the two other workers.
Field did not immediately respond to a comment request. her post, stated that Chappelle was being criticised not for his offensive comments but because they cause harm to the trans community, particularly Black women.
Field contained a list of trans- and nonbinary women and men of color, which she claimed had been killed. Each case also stated that the victim was not offended .”
A representative for Chappelle did not respond to a request to comment.
Monday’s statement by GLAAD, a media watchdog group, stated that Netflix’s policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence violates “anti-LGBTQ” content. GLAAD urged Netflix executives to listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders and audiences, and to commit to living up .”
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When Chappelle‘s special was released last week, the group said that the comedian’s “brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
Jaclyn Moor, a producer and writer on “Dear White People,” tweeted she had worked with executives at Netflix and “fought for important artwork” and she shared “the story about my transition for @netflix .”
But Moore stated that she is not a “real woman” and faces hatred and attacks.
” I will not work alongside them as long as you continue to profit from blatantly or dangerously transphobic material,” she stated on Twitter.
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