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Netflix Employees Protest Dave Chappelle’s The Closer

CELEBRITY NEWS - Karen Smith Post

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Netflix head was in hot water for his defense of The Closer streaming on the platform and was the cause for an employee protest in support for transgenders according to Daily Mail.

Chappelle’s “The Closer” is creating controversy over the comedian’s statement that “gender is a fact” and accuses LGBTQ people of being “too sensitive.”

“We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content,” Netflix said in a statement to AFP, which said the company “understands the deep hurt that’s been caused.”

Organizers intend to present a list of “firm asks” to Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos at Wednesday morning’s rally, which leader Ashlee Marie Preston earlier said had been moved to a larger site due to “overwhelming demand.”

The event will call for content that prioritizes “the safety and dignity of all marginalized communities,” she wrote on Instagram.

Transgender Netflix employee Terra Field has called on the streamer to add a content warning to “The Closer,” and to promote more “queer and trans comedians and talent.”

“A place can’t be a great place to work if someone has to betray their community to do so,” Field wrote in a blog post Monday.

“The Closer” has been condemned by LGBTQ groups, which cited studies linking stereotypes about minorities to real-world harm.

Sarandos wrote to staff in a leaked internal memo last week that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm,” and emphasized the importance of defending “artistic freedom.”

– ‘I screwed up’ –

But the co-CEO gave interviews to multiple Hollywood trade publications late Tuesday in which he admitted: “I screwed up.”

support from several celebrities including Wanda Sykes, Elliot Page, Dan Levy, and more.

“Standing in solidarity with the Netflix employees speaking truth to power today and sending my full love and support,” said Sykes, a longtime friend and colleague of Chappelle.

Check out the day’s reactions to the event below.