A transgender Netflix employee who openly criticized a new Dave Chappelle comedy special featuring commentary she believes crossed the line in potentially hate speech, according to a report suspended Has been done.
Netflix software engineer Terra Fide tweeted Wednesday about Chappelle’s comedy special, “The Closer,” and wrote that the comedian “attacks the trans community, and the very legitimacy of transness.”
The tweet was followed by 47 other tweets from Feid, which listed the names of other members of the transgender community killed, and the thread quickly entered viral territory, catching the streaming giant’s eye.
According to ledgeNetflix suspended Fidd and two other employees for allegedly attempting to attend a meeting with company directors to which they were not invited. To Diversity, an inquiry is pending. Additionally, another Netflix employee is also said to be leaving the company due to suspensions and the way it handled claims of transgender attacks.
A Netflix representative did not immediately respond to Granthshala Business’s request for comment.
The company told The Verge in a statement that the Fed was not suspended for tweeting its thoughts on the original special.
“It is absolutely wrong to say that we have suspended any employee for tweeting about this show,” Netflix said. “Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”
Meanwhile, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos answered employee questions about the decisions to release the special. Employees reportedly said the company “provides repeatedly”[s] A forum for content that is harmful to the trans community” and asked what would be done to stop the practice going forward.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 09: General view of a Netflix billboard above Hollywood Blvd promoting Dave Chappelle’s controversial comedy special “The Closer” on October 09, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Sarandos reportedly defended the comedy special in an email to staff on Friday, saying that Chappelle’s previous special, “Sticks and Stones,” was Netflix’s “most-watched, sticky, and most-award-winning show of all time.” It’s a stand-up special.”
that special special is currently 99% Audience Score With over 25,000 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
“It never feels good when people are hurt, especially our allies,” Sarandos reportedly wrote. “You should also be aware that some talent may engage third parties in asking for the show to be removed in the coming days, which we are not going to do.”
“Many of you have even asked where do we draw the line on hate,” he said. “We do not allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hatred or violence, and we do not believe that ‘The Closer’ crosses that line. However, I agree that the commentary and harm It’s hard to differentiate between stand-up comedy, which exists to push boundaries. Some consider the art of stand-up to be enthusiastic but our members enjoy it, and it’s part of what our content has to offer. An important part.”
Jacqueline Moore Despite Many Audiences Like Netflix’s Own “Dear White People” coming out strong against special, Chappelle himself has been able to laugh off the backlash, even a standing ovation During an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl last week.
While much of the talk surrounding “The Closer” has been concerned with comments that have been deemed transphobic by many, it seems that hundreds of people have flocked to the popular film and TV critical aggregator to share their positive thoughts on the special. Currently, even amidst the backlash, over 1,000 ratings collected by the site have made it a 97% Audience Score.
Granthshala Business’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report. Read more of this story on Granthshala Business.