Comedian Dave Chappell’s new Netflix, especially in the wake of the LGBTQ + community and his allies’ sharp push for transphobic material, has suspended three of its own employees for crashing into an executive-level meeting about concerns about the platform in particular.
According to DiversityThe meeting was called at QBR during Netflix’s two-day quarterly business review, and Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos briefed the company’s top 500 employees on how they would respond to Chapel’s comments.
“Chappell is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-term contract with him,” Sarandos wrote in a memorandum to Netflix employees obtained by Variety. “His last special” Sticks and Stones, “also controversial, our most visited, stickiest and most award-winning stand-up special.”
“Like our other talents, we work hard to support their creative freedom – although that means Netflix will always have content that some people believe is harmful,” he added.
His latest Netflix special, NearbyChapel Rail, against abrogated culture, declares itself the “Team TERF” (an acronym for trans-exclusive radical feminism), arguing that gender is an inalienable fact, and clearly identifies the gay community as at odds with B.Lack of community. He made bizarre remarks in defense of Debbie, who was “canceled” after insulting trance and queer audience members present on her set at the Rolling Loud Music Festival.
One of the three suspended employees was Terra Field, a senior software engineer – identified as Quier and Trans – who posted a lengthy Twitter thread criticizing Netflix.
“Propagating the TERF ideology (which we did yesterday with a platform) directly harms trans people, it’s not a neutral act,” Field now writes viral. TweetsThis is not an argument between the two sides. It’s an argument with trans people who want to survive and those who don’t want to be us. ”
Although it was initially known that criticism of Netflix’s Field played a role in its suspension, Streimer vehemently rejected the character on Monday.
A Netflix spokesperson said: “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended an employee for tweeting about this program.” Diversity. “Our employees are encouraged to disagree publicly and we support their right to do so.”
Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In his internal memorandum, Sarandos went on to clarify the platform’s internal argument over the offensive material, admitting that Nearby Some viewers were likely to be insulted, “pushing the border” is part of the freedom comedy industry:
Many of you have asked where we will draw the line of hatred. We do not endorse titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hatred or violence and we do not believe Nearby Crosses that line. However, I admit that it is difficult to distinguish between commentary and loss, especially the stand-up comedy that exists to raise boundaries. Some people find the stand-up industry enthusiastic but our members enjoy it and it’s an important part of our content offer.
Despite loudly and frequently denouncing his own aspirations to build a company culture of basic transparency and accountability, Netflix There is a history Dismiss employees who disagree. In July, the platform fired three senior film marketing executives when they complained about the management of a company slack channel they considered private.