” Dave Chappelles specials are regularly the most-watched comedy specials on Netflix, and have actually made lots of awards, consisting of both an Emmy and a Grammy for Sticks and Stones,” the representative said. ” We support creative expression for our creators. We also motivate our employees to disagree freely.”
In a declaration sent out to The Hollywood Reporter, a Netflix representative said the company supported “creative expression” for developers while also motivating “staff members to disagree honestly.”
Previously today, 3 Netflix staffers were suspended for participating in an executive meeting to speak up against Chappelles special. The trio, that included a Netflix engineer who is trans, were later reinstated after public backlash to Netflixs response.
Netflix declined to share viewership data for The Closer.
Netflix is standing by its decision to keep Dave Chappelles unique, The Closer, on its platform even as a number of staff members are planning to stage a walkout to protest Ted Sarandos current comments in support of the special.
As first reported by The Verge, trans staffers at Netflix are preparing to stage the walkout next Wednesday, Oct. 20, after Sarandos sent a memo to personnel Oct. 8 stating that the company would not be eliminating the unique, in which Chappelle mocks gender identities and protects J.K. Rowlings transphobic remarks, amongst other remarks.
“Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as a company, Netflix has actually continually failed to reveal deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing material that damages the Trans neighborhood and continuously stopping working to produce content that represents and uplifts Trans material. We can and need to do much better!” a leader of Netflixs trans employee resource group wrote in an internal message, according to The Verge.