Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Defends Dave Chappelle’s Anti-Trans Comments, Says He Won’t Cancel Chappelle’s special “The Closer”
According to the latest advisory, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos allegedly upheld Dave Chappelle‘s anti-trans remarks that he made in his latest show, The Closer. Ever since the comedy special started streaming on Netflix, it faced a lot of criticism from the trans communities. Including the trans employees working for Netflix too.
Netflix suspends a trans employee
Amidst the backlash against Dave Chappelle’s special, Netflix suspended a trans employee, known to have spoken out her opinion about the show. Terra Feild, a senior software engineer at Netflix and a trans, tweeted a series of tweets chiding Chappelle’s comedy special.
In the tweet thread, she explains how Chappelle attacks the trans community and the very validity of transness. Further, she clarifies that they object to the harm that content like this does to the trans community and VERY specifically black trans women.
As per the source, Field and another two employees joined a virtual quarterly meeting for company directors without any approval. Netflix also claims that the workers got suspended for attending the meeting unasked and not for voicing their opinions.
Moreover, Netflix recently remarked that they didn’t suspend any employees for tweeting about the show. And that their employees are always encouraged to disagree openly. Further, the statement read that Netflix supports their right to do so.
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos won’t remove “The Closer” from the streamer
Ted Sarandos wrote in a recent memo that they don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence. He also added that they don’t believe Dave Chappelle’s special crosses that line.
Feild’s tweets only talked about the harm Chappelle’s remarks would do the trans people. Dave Chappelle typically made jokes precisely about the thick skin of trans people. Amid the show’s criticism, there has been constant pressure on Netflix by many LGBTQ communities to remove it from the platform. However, Sarandos made it pretty clear in a memo that Netflix has no such plans of doing so.