Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos responded on Monday Growing resentment among employees About comedian Dave Chappelle’s handling of the company’s anti-transgender comments in his recent Netflix special “The Closer.”
yes but: His justification has only intensified the disappointment, sources told Nerdshala on Wednesday.
running news: in an email Received by VarietyOf course, Sarandos defended the company’s decision to air Chappelle’s act, arguing that “we firmly believe that content on screen does not directly harm the real world.”
- In the memo, Sarandos pointed to research showing that on-screen violence did not increase real-world violence.
of note: LGTBQ advocates as well as Netflix’s trans employees strongly disagree with this assessment, which the American Medical Association calls an “epidemic of violence” against trans women.
- The violence has largely focused on Black and Brown trans women, with a record number of murders in recent years.
- Trans employees at Netflix are organizing a companywide walk-out for October 20, Nerdshala confirmed.
state of play: Shortly after “The Closer” debuted on Netflix, trans employees began speaking out against the company’s decision to air the special, including a Twitter thread that went viral.
- Netflix suspended three employees, including Tera Fields, a transgender employee who wrote the Twitter thread, though the company said the suspension was for trying to attend a meeting to which she was not invited. ledge. All three were reinstated amid huge public outcry.
- LGTBQ rights group GLAAD Chappelle’s comments criticized And called out Netflix for condemning them.
between the lines: This issue, while the new public, has been simmering inside Netflix for some time, the sources said. Similar concerns were raised by transgender staff on Chappelle’s last special, “Sticks and Stones.”
- Sarandos’ criticisms are that he tends to allay concerns about problematic content by pointing to positive content aired by Netflix.
big picture: This is not the first time that Netflix has faced criticism over content moderation. The company faced critical backlash last year for the airing of a French film called “Cuties”, which some said had sexually abused young girls.
- Netflix is known for its cutthroat employee culture. In June, the company fired three executives for making one-on-one comments about their bosses on internal chat platform Slack.
- The company did not immediately respond to Nerdshala’ request for comment.