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Tensions rose outside a walkout at Netflix headquarters as employees upset over the streaming platform’s broadcast of a controversial special by standup comedian Dave Chappelle clashed with counter-protesters supporting the comic’s freedom of expression.

Video of the walkout doing the rounds on social media shows a man holding a sign that reads “We like Dave” before several people break the mark.


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“Why is he breaking my sign?” The man holding the sign can be heard saying that the protesters grabbed and broke it. “Don’t I have the same freedom of speech as you?”

Once the sign is destroyed and the man is released holding the stick on which it was placed, the protesters begin to shout “He has a weapon!”

The man is then pushed away from the scene by the protesters, while laughing at their allegation that he has a weapon, before dropping the stick.

People rally in support of the Netflix transgender walkout and others in support of comedy and free speech on October 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California - Netflix owners hold a staff walkout and rally in Los Angeles on October 20, 2021 There was a ruckus, because the anger had increased.  On a new Dave Chappelle comedy special, which activists say is harmful to the transgender community.  (Photo by Frederick J. Brown / AFP) (Photo by Frederick J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m here just to say that jokes are funny people,” the man explains, raising his hands in the air. “Dave Chappelle is a funny guy.”

“I love Dave,” he said as one protester rattled his face. “I don’t know why all the violence. I don’t know why all the hate.”

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A walkout at a Netflix office in Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday was organized by Dave Chappelle to protest a recent comedy special, “The Closer,” in which he commented that some considered offensive to the transgender community.

In “The Closer”, which was released earlier this month and is currently one of the most-watched shows on the service in the US, Chappelle said “gender is a fact” and compared the transgender community to wearing blackface. from the people.

In addition to the targeted response Chappelle received for his words, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos also found himself in hot water.

In an email to Netflix employees after the special debuted earlier this month, Sarandos defended “The Closer” by citing its popularity on the platform and the company’s commitment to creative freedom. He also said that the company believes that “content on screen does not directly harm the real world.”

Hollywood CA October 20, 2021 - Lily Weaver was at a walkout outside Netflix's office in Hollywood on Wednesday morning in support of Netflix's decision to release Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special, which includes a litany of transphobic content. Is.  Weaver is not employed by Netflix.  (Al Seeb/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Now, Sarandos says he “spoiled” with that statement. in one interview with deadline, the exec said, “I screwed up the internal communication – and I don’t mean just mechanically,” he said. “I think I should have made sure to recognize that a group of our employees were being deeply hurt by the decision made, and I should have recognized the pain they went through before I went into rationalization of anything. I say that because I deeply respect him, and I love his contribution to Netflix. He was hurt, and I should have recognized that earlier.”

Chappelle laughed off any attempts to cancel her and her special earlier this month.

Speaking to the nearly 18,000 people in the crowd at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl wearing sneakers and suits, Chappelle touched on the fact that several individuals and groups are asking “The Closer” to be pulled from the streamer because of the perceived transphobic. The comments he made in it, Deadline reports.

“If it’s going to be cancelled, I love it,” Chappelle said to hooting and howling from fans in attendance, per Shop.

Granthshala News’ Jessica Napoli and Melissa Roberto contributed to this report