Netflix supports Dave Chappelle amid criticism over trans jokes


The company responded to information experiences it had suspended three staff, together with one who’d criticized Chappelle’s particular on-line.

A high Netflix govt mentioned Dave Chappelle’s particular “The Closer” would not 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 group.

In an inside memo, co-CEO Ted Sarandos advised managers that “some talent” might be a 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 company responded to information experiences it had suspended three staff, together with one, Terra Field, who’d criticized Chappelle’s particular in tweets. Field identifies herself on Twitter as a senior software 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 conversant in the matter, the three staff joined a quarterly meeting for company administrators and vice presidents with out gaining authorization. The individual, who wasn’t licensed to debate the scenario publicly, mentioned one employee was suspended because of an investigation.

What if any motion was or is likely to be taken towards the opposite two employees was unknown.

Field did not 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 group, particularly Black ladies.

Field included a listing of trans and nonbinary women and men of colour who she mentioned had been killed, including in every case that the sufferer “is not offended.”

A consultant for Chappelle did not 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 applications 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 advised “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.