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Nearly a hundred people gathered outside a Netflix office in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday to protest Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up special, “The Closer,” in which he remarks that some are considered offensive to the transgender community. Is.

Protesters carried signs with the phrases “trans lives matter” and “transphobia is not a joke” among others, receiving pushback from counterprotesters, who also showed up. There were moments of shuffling and shoving between the competing protesters, but the conflict was mostly confined to a war of words.


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.

“Brb walking out,” wrote most of the streaming service’s LGBTQ-themed social media in a tweet on Wednesday.

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Other Netflix stars also voiced their support for the walkout on social media.

Elliot Page, who stars in Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and is transgender, tweeted that he Netflix stands with trans, nonbinary and people of color who are “fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace.”

Dan Levy, the creator, writer, actor and director of “Shit’s Creek,” also posted a message of solidarity on Twitter. He signed a multi-year overall film and TV deal with Netflix in September 2021.

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Levy wrote, “I stand with every Netflix employee who uses their voices to ensure a safe and supportive work environment. I’ve seen firsthand what happens when it comes to influencing the cultural conversation.” How important television can be. This effect is real and works both ways: positive and negative. Transphobia is unacceptable and harmful. It’s not a debate.”

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.

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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.

They are calling on the company to “repair” its relationship with employees and audiences, including hiring trans executives and increasing spending on trans and nonbinary creators and projects.

“Reduction in harm” is another demand, which includes, according to the list, Netflix’s acceptance of “responsibility for this harm from transphobic content, and in particular for the harm caused to the black trans community.”

It also called for the disclaimer to flag content that contains “transphobic language, misogyny, homophobia” and hate speech.

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In a statement, media watchdog group GLAAD said it salutes Netflix employees, affiliates and LGBTQ and Black advocates to “call for accountability and change within Netflix and across the entertainment industry.”

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.

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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.”