According to The Verge, who first reported the story, trans employees and allies are staging a company-wide walkout on October 20 to address CEO Ted Sarandos’s support for the comedian’s comedy special.
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The publication shared an internal memo that was shared by one of the leaders of Netflix’s trans employee resource group, and it read:
Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community.
The message accused the streaming giant of failing to create content that “represents and uplifts” the trans community and urged them to do better!
Seemingly in support of the walkout, Netflix’s LGBTQ+ Twiter account, Most, shared a cryptic post about how this week has been difficult for members of the trans and queer community before adding,
We can’t always control what goes on screen. What we can control is what we create here, and the POV we bring to internal conversations.
The account promised to make use of fans’ comments to advocate for better queer representation in the company.
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CEO Supports Chappelle
The organized walkout comes on the heels of Sarandos coming to the defense of Chappelle amid the criticism launched at his “The Closer” special.
As The Blast previously reported, Sarandos maintained that the streaming company was fully behind the comedian in a memo sent to employees about their decision to not take down the comedy special amid the backlash.
Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer, in the memo praised Chappelle for being one of the most popular comedians and noted that his previous special “Sticks & Stones” was their most-watched and most award-winning comedy show.
In the message sent to appease employees, Sarandos maintained that Netflix would allow their talents to thrive on “creative freedom” even though that might mean some of its content would be interpreted as “harmful” by some people.
Following the memo, which was shared in a meeting, some junior staff, Terra Field and two others, reportedly crashed the meeting to air their grievances and were in turn suspended. However, the media company claims one employee was actually suspended before the uproar.
It was reported that Netflix has since reinstated Field and her colleagues, but it seems that’s not enough to get the controversy to die down.