Netflix standing by Dave Chappelle and ‘The Closer’

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Chappelle’s special, “The Closer,” which debuted on Netflix last week, includes several minutes of jokes about trans people. The comedian states in the special that he is “Team TERF”, a reference to the term “Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminists”.

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“Gender is a fact,” Chappelle says. “Every man in this room, every man on earth had to pass through the feet of a woman to be on earth. That’s a fact.”

He talks about the backlash he received after making jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and other trans people in a previous special, criticizing the culture cancellation surrounding writer JK Rowling, and criticizing Daphne Dorman, a trans woman and fellow comedian. Refers to his friendship with, which was opened to him in his San. Francisco shows up. The doorman died by suicide in 2019, which Chappell addressed in “The Closer.”

In an email to the staff of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos on October 8 and obtained by ledge And Diversity, The executive defended the special.

“Many of you have even asked where we draw the line on hate. We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer does that. Crosses the line. However, I agree that it’s hard to differentiate between commentary and loss, especially with stand-up comedy that exists to push boundaries,” Sarandos wrote to the staff. “Some people find the art of stand-up enthusiastic but our members enjoy it, and it is an important part of our content offering.”

Granthshala has not independently verified the email.

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Netflix has suspended three employees for attending a virtual meeting of directors and vice presidents last week without informing the organizer of the meeting in advance, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

One of the suspended employees is Terra Field. Fields, a senior software engineer known as queer and trans, publicly criticized “The Closer” on Twitter last week. According to the source, his suspension is because of his presence in the meeting and not because of his tweet.

When asked about the suspension, a Netflix spokesperson said to Granthshala, “It is absolutely wrong to say that we have suspended any employee for tweeting about this show. Our employees have to openly disagree. and we support their right to do so.”

Fields tweeted last week that Chappelle’s special ridiculed the existence of trans people.

“Promoting the TERF ideology (which we did yesterday by giving it a platform) directly harms trans people is not some neutral act,” Fields wrote. “It’s not an argument with two sides. It’s an argument with trans people who want to survive and people who don’t want us to be.”

Field ends her thread with the names of 37 trans and non-conforming people who have died throughout 2021.

LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD has also condemned Comments made in “The Closer” and released a statement Monday in response to news of the suspension and an email from Sarandos.
“Netflix has a policy that ‘content designed to incite hate or violence’ is not allowed on the platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that. While Netflix is ​​home to groundbreaking LGBTQ stories “Now is the time for Netflix to listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders, and audiences and is committed to living up to their own standards,” the organization said. tweeted.

Granthshala has reached out to Chappell’s representatives.

In “The Closer,” Chappelle says that the special will be the last time he will publicly comment on trans people or issues.

Granthshala’s Scotty Andrew and Lisa France contributed to this story.


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