By Mary Biekert | Bloomberg
Netflix Inc. co-CEO Ted Sarandos once more defended the corporate’s resolution to air a controversial Dave Chappelle comedy particular that includes jokes about transgender folks, denying that it could result in “real-world hurt,” he wrote into an e mail to workers Monday.
“Chappelle makes harsh jokes about many various teams, which is his type and a cause his followers love his comedy and commentary,” Sarandos wrote in an e mail obtained by Selection. “Stand-up comedians usually expose points which are uncomfortable as a result of the artwork by nature is a extremely provocative. As a management group, we don’t consider that The Nearer is meant to incite hatred or violence in opposition to anybody.”
Netflix has come beneath hearth the previous week for airing Dave Chappelle’s “The Nearer,” which has drawn criticism each internally on the firm and throughout the web. Transgender workers at Netflix are planning a walkout subsequent week to protest the corporate’s resolution to air the present after some workers raised issues concerning the materials earlier than the present debuted final week. The corporate’s leaders, together with international head of TV Bela Bajaria and Sarandos, determined the present didn’t cross any traces.
Transgender writer-producer of the Netflix sequence “Expensive White Folks” Jaclyn Moore final week stated she would now not work for the streaming service, whereas Terra Area, a senior software program engineer for the corporate, took to Twitter to voice her issues by means of a string of tweets that went viral. The corporate on Monday suspended Area and two different workers for allegedly crashing an govt assembly final week; Area has since been reinstated, in accordance with tweets she posted Tuesday.
Greater than 1,000 folks have referred to as or messaged the corporate to complain concerning the particular within the few days because it was launched, an individual conversant in these metrics instructed Bloomberg this week. That’s extra complaints than Chappelle’s earlier particular “Sticks & Stones,” however much less than different controversial exhibits equivalent to “ Cuties.”
In a distinct memo Sarandos wrote to workers Friday in response to the present’s backlash, Sarandos lauded Chappelle because the most-watched comic on Netflix and instructed workers the corporate has a long-standing cope with the comic, stating Chappelle’s final particular was one of many streaming platform’s “most watched, stickiest and most award successful stand-up particular to this point.”
Ten million folks have streamed “The Nearer” since its debut on Oct. 5, in accordance with an individual conversant in viewer numbers. Co-CEO Reed Hastings stated in an inside message board that Netflix will “proceed to work with Dave Chappelle sooner or later,” in accordance with transcripts reviewed by Bloomberg Information.
This isn’t the primary time certainly one of his specials has angered the trans neighborhood, or Netflix workers. Members of each the Black @ Netflix and Trans* worker teams have beforehand met with firm management to debate one other Chappelle particular and to precise dismay that the corporate continues to launch programming with transphobic sentiments.
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