Netflix has suspended a trans worker who criticized Dave Chappelle’s comedy particular The Closer. In the stand-up set, which was launched on October fifth, Chappelle doubles down on his jokes about LGBTQ teams.
After the particular was launched, Netflix software program engineer Terra Field who identifies as queer and trans wrote that Chapelle “attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness”.
After the tweet went viral, Field and two different staff had been suspended for attending the “QBR”, Netflix’s quarterly enterprise assessment, a two-day affair that convenes the highest 500 staff on the firm.
Netflix didn’t droop Field over current tweets decrying what she known as anti-trans jokes within the Chappelle particular, people accustomed to Netflix mentioned, however for attending uninvited. An investigation has been launched into the three staff.
Chappelle’s particular has sparked important controversy inside Netflix. Shortly after it got here out, staff began asking pointed questions on whether or not or not trans folks had been included within the choice to air the particular and the place the corporate attracts a line between commentary and transphobia.
On October eighth, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos despatched out an inside memo defending the particular and its proper to exist on their platform. He acknowledged that he does not suppose ‘Closer’ crossed the road into inciting violence in opposition to the trans/LGBTQ neighborhood and that stand-up will get an extended leash by default in that regard.
“It by no means feels good when individuals are hurting, particularly our colleagues.
“You should also be aware that some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.”
Sarandos additionally mentioned that Chappelle’s final particular, Sticks & Stones, is Netflix’s “most watched, stickiest, and most award winning stand-up special to date.”
“Several of you have also 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 crosses that line. I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”
Netflix has a protracted historical past with Dave Chappelle. In 2016, the comic signed a deal to create three specials for the platform. Four years later, Netflix pulled Chappelle’s Show from the streaming service on the comic’s request. (It then reinstated it in 2021 after Chappelle’s beef with Comedy Central died down.)