Netflix worker who criticized Dave Chappelle’s comedy particular is amongst three suspended.


Netflix not too long ago suspended three staff, together with a transgender worker who posted a Twitter thread final week criticizing a brand new Dave Chappelle stand-up particular on the streaming service as being transphobic.

The staff had been suspended after they attended a digital enterprise assembly amongst high executives on the firm that they’d not been invited to, in line with an individual acquainted with the choice, who spoke on situation of anonymity to debate a personnel matter. Netflix mentioned in an announcement that the transgender worker, Terra Subject, was not suspended due to the tweets vital of Mr. Chappelle’s present.

“It’s completely unfaithful to say that we now have suspended any staff for tweeting about this present,” a Netflix spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “Our staff are inspired to disagree overtly and we assist their proper to take action.”

Mr. Chappelle’s comedy particular, “The Nearer,” debuted on Netflix on Oct. 5, and was shortly criticized by a number of organizations, together with Glaad, for “ridiculing trans folks.” Jaclyn Moore, an govt producer for the Netflix sequence “Pricey White Individuals,” mentioned final week that she wouldn’t work with Netflix “so long as they proceed to place out and revenue from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content material.”

Ms. Subject, who’s a software program engineer at Netflix, tweeted final week that the particular “assaults the trans neighborhood, and the very validity of transness.”

On Monday, after information of her suspension went public following a report by The Verge, she tweeted: “I simply need to say I respect everybody’s assist. You’re all the most effective, particularly when issues are troublesome.”

As criticism of Mr. Chappelle’s particular started final week, Netflix’s co-chief govt Ted Sarandos despatched a memo to staff defending the comic.

“A number of of you’ve additionally requested the place we draw the road on hate,” Mr. Sarandos wrote within the memo. “We don’t enable titles on Netflix which might be designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t imagine ‘The Nearer’ crosses that line. I acknowledge, nevertheless, that distinguishing between commentary and hurt is tough, particularly with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some folks discover the artwork of stand-up to be meanspirited, however our members take pleasure in it, and it’s an essential a part of our content material providing.”

Mr. Sarandos additionally cited Netflix’s “longstanding deal” with Mr. Chappelle and mentioned that the comic’s 2019 particular, “Sticks & Stones,” was additionally “controversial” and was “our most watched, stickiest, and most award-winning stand-up particular up to now.”

In 2019, Netflix was criticized when it blocked an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s topical present, “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” in Saudi Arabia after the nation’s authorities made a request for it to take action. Within the episode, Mr. Minaj criticized the Saudi Arabian authorities and questioned the function of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman within the homicide of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We’re not within the information enterprise,” Netflix’s co-chief govt Reed Hastings mentioned in 2019, explaining the choice. “We’re not making an attempt to do ‘fact to energy.’ We’re making an attempt to entertain.”

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