Netflix’s Sarandos defends Chappelle’s right to ‘creative freedom’
Netflix has fired an employee for sharing sensitive content outside the company.
A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Granthshala Business on Friday, “We have let an employee go outside the company for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information.”
“We understand this employee may have been motivated by frustration and hurt from Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is important to our company,” the spokesperson said.
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Netflix CEO defends Dave Chappelle special: Stand-up is ‘an important part of our content offering’
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has defended Chappelle’s right to “creative freedom” with the special, saying “even if it means there will always be content on Netflix, some people believe is harmful. “
In the special, Chappelle doubled down on the jokes he made about transgender people, defending writer JK Rowling for “effectively” saying “gender was a fact” and “the trans community went crazy (outrageous).”
He also noted the biological aspects of gender, leaving what many critics and transgender activists have argued, limiting the conversation to only biology rather than the social construction of gender.
Netflix Employee Who Was Suspended After Criticizing Dave Chappelle Has Been Reinstated
Chappell said in the special, “Every human being in this room, every human being on earth has to pass through a woman’s feet to be on earth, that is a fact.” “Now I’m not saying that trans women aren’t women. I’m just saying that the p—– they got… you know what I mean?” I’m not saying it isn’t p—-, but it is beyond p—- or impossible p—-.”
This week several trans workers announced a walkout in protest against Sarandos, who defended the special. The walkout is scheduled for October 20.
“Chapel is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long deal with him. His last special, ‘Sticks and Stones’, which is also controversial, became our most-watched, sticky, and most-awarded The winning stand-up special. To this day,” Sarandos wrote in an internal memo obtained by Variety.
A trans employee, Terra Fields, and two other employees were recently suspended for crashing into a quarterly business meeting to which they weren’t invited. Field, a Senior Software Engineer, also posted a twitter thread critical Chappell’s special which went viral on Twitter.
The company said earlier this week that Fields was suspended not for its Twitter thread, but for crashing the meeting. has since been reinstated at the company and on Twitter said Netflix found it had “no ulterior motives” when it attended the meeting.
“Netflix has reinstated me after finding out that there was no ulterior motive to attend the QBR meeting. I have included the request below. I am going to take a few days to decompress and I’ll try to figure out where I am at. At least, I feel right,” Field tweeted Tuesday evening.
Granthshala Business’ Brie Stimson and Emma Colton contributed to this report.