Several Netflix employees staged a walkout on Wednesday to protest Chappelle’s latest special, “The Closer.”
Dave Chappelle is not holding back the jokes he made in his controversial Netflix stand-up special, “The Closer,” even after the streaming platform’s staff Walked out on Wednesday as opposed to the content.
According to a report in Variety, the comic played to a sold out crowd in London on Wednesday night and told viewers he plans to take “The Closer” on the road if it is pulled from Netflix. Attendees claimed that Chappell said he would conduct special screenings in 10 cities across the US
one person told NS Outlet that Chappell noted that the protests in Los Angeles, California were “not favorable” for him. Another said the entertainer seemed “baffled” by the allegations of transphobia and homophobia made against him.
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In new photos, Chappell is seen surrounded by heavy security after his show in London as he attends a members-only nightclub and reportedly parties till 4am.
He tried to go secret with a dark green jacket and a black scarf with two guards.
On Wednesday, protesters held signs with the phrases “trans lives matter” and “transphobia is not a joke” outside the Netflix office building.
The scheduled walkout was planned by Netflix employees, who were demanding to highlight their objections to the comedy special and the company’s handling of it.
Ashley Marie Preston, an activist and event organizer, addressed the rally and later spoke to the Associated Press. She said calling out Chappell for his remarks was not enough.
“It was important to focus on people signing checks, because Dave Chappelle doesn’t sign checks, Netflix does,” Preston said. “If we have companies like Netflix that aren’t listening to their employees, who are forcing their employees to participate in their harassment, that’s unacceptable.”
“We’re here to hold people accountable. We’re not going anywhere,” she said, adding that efforts are underway to start talks with Netflix executives.
Earlier on Wednesday, Team Trans (asterisk), which identifies itself as supporting “trans people working at Netflix trying to make a better world for our community.” Posted what it called a list of “asks” Netflix is being created by trans and non-binary employees and associates at the company. It also called for the disclaimer to flag content that contains “transphobic language, misogyny, homophobia” and hate speech.
How Netflix responded to employees’ concerns with not only the special, but internal memos, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ claim that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
Sarandos also wrote that Netflix does not allow titles that are “designed to incite hatred or violence, and we do not believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line.”
In interviews on Tuesday, Sarandos said he failed to recognize that “a group of our employees were really hurting,” as He told The Wall Street Journal, and his remarks about the effect of TV on the audience were an oversimplification.
A Netflix spokesperson told Granthshala Business ahead of the walkout, “We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt it has caused. We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to opt out. And it recognizes that we have a lot of work to do in both Netflix and our content.”