Netflix employees staged an angry walk-out amid controversy over Dave Chappelle’s remarks on trans and LGBTQ+ people in his comedy special.
More than 100 protesters took part in a rally at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters to present an “ask list” to the streaming giant, calling for the removal of any imagery of Chappelle from the Netflix office and developing trans and non-binary talent. A new fund is included for .
Critics say Chappelle made a series of transphobic comments and jokes near, stating that “gender is a fact”.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos initially defended the special, for which he reportedly paid $24.1m to angry employees.
“While some employees disagree, we firmly believe that content on screen does not directly harm the real world,” they wrote in an email received. Diversity.
“Adults may witness violence, assault and abuse – or may enjoy shocking standup comedy – without it causing harm to others.”
Mr Sarandos later admitted that he had “spoiled” trying to communicate his ideas.
His co-chief executive, Reed Hastings, also tried to defend the special on the company’s message board.
“I believe that artistic expression and our commitment to delight our members is the right long-term choice for Netflix, and we are on the right side, but only time will tell,” he said.
Bee Pagels-Miner, a Netflix employee who was fired last week for leaking financial information about the comedy special, was among the group of protesters on Wednesday.
“I compiled a series of data, I’m a data person, and I shared it with a lot of people internally,” he told Deadline.
“If they’re going to fire me, they’re going to have to fire a lot of people.”
The creator of Transparent, Joy Soloway, was one of the speakers at the event.
“Trans people are in the midst of a cataclysm,” Soloway said before adding to the crowd: “Misogony is gender violence.”
He also called on a trans person to have a place on the “Netflix f***ing board”.
David Hughard Jr., a contestant known as Eureka! On RuPaul’s Drag Race”, those who enjoy Chappelle’s special are “laughing in the face of our pain.”
Filmmaker Ashley Marie Preston, who organized Wednesday’s rally, said they had reached the chapel but were turned down.
During the incident Chappelle supporters carrying a “Dave is funny” sign clashed with protesters as they tried to march to the front.
“We value our trans partners and allies and understand the deep hurt this has caused,” a Netflix spokesperson said before the walk out.
“We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to exit, and recognize that we have a lot more work to do in both Netflix and our content.”
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