Netflix bosses stand by comedian Dave Chappelle and his controversial new comedy special, “The Closer.”
The streaming service defended its decision not to pull The Closer, and suspended a trans employee at MtF who spoke against it.
Co-CEO Ted Sarandos insisted he would not remove the comedy special hit, despite outrage from LGBT + rights and transgender activists, who accused Chappelle of being too far away.
A company source revealed that it has three Netflix employees suspended for breaking up a meeting every meeting of directors to complain, WENN.com reports
One of the suspended employees, Terra Field, a senior software engineer at Netflix, broke up a director -level meeting at the San Francisco chief executive to complain about The Closer.
Netflix invited 500 of its top employees to the annual meeting, however, Field’s name was not on the invitation list.
On Oct. 6, Field wrote a lengthy Twitter thread about The Closer and included transaction details from other Twitter users.
It’s the price of speaking out against transphobia online as a trans woman, and I’m an even more privileged to have supportive friends, family, and colleagues.
Imagine being alone facing them-and it’s not nearly the worst of them, the worst is removed before we see them. pic.twitter.com/rOEUgVi7Gd
– Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 10, 2021
Serandos said The Hollywood Reporter that Field and the other two employees were not suspended for speaking out on social media.
“It’s certainly not true to say that we have suspended any employee for tweeting about this show. We urge our employees not to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”
Sarandos defended Chappelle and her new special in an internal memo to Netflix staff and talent:
“Some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we won’t.
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand -up comedians today, and we have a long -standing relationship with her … Like the rest of our talent, we work to support their creative freedom – even if it means constantly there is content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, such as Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why or My Unorthodox Life.
“Many of you have also asked where we draw the line of hate. We don’t allow Netflix titles to be designed to incite hatred or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses the line. But, I recognize, Recognizing commentary and evil is hard, especially the stand-up comedy that has to push boundaries.Some people find the art of standing up to be rebellious but our members enjoy it, and it’s a an important part of our content offering. “
With me as a comedian Damon Wayans praised Chappelle for the comedian’s release “slaves.”
“Comedians. We’re slaves to PC culture,” Wayans said told TMZ. “As an actor, he was Van Gogh without the ear. He was trying to get us to tell us, ‘It’s okay.’