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Netflix employees will do a ‘virtual walkout’ to protest Ted Serandos, Chappelle

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One of the things thats crazy about this Netflix/Dave Chappelle/transphobia controversy is that this is not the first time Chappelle has done transphobic comedy. My guess is that his latest standup special, The Closer, was just the final straw for many. In the special, Chappelle declares himself Team Terf and takes JK Rowlings side, which to be clear, is a bonkers position for anyone. Whats made this Chappelle issue so much worse is Netflixs inability to take a nuanced position in which they defend Chappelles right to be terrible while also defending their transgender employees and listening to the trans community. There are many ways in which this controversy could have been handled much differently at a corporate level, but here we are. Ted Sarandos is too busy defending his choice to platform transphobic bigotry and not enough time seeing the bigger picture on this issue which should have been handled weeks ago.At least one thousand Netflix employees are expected to participate in a virtual walkout to protest Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos recent comments in support of Dave Chappelles special, The Closer, according to a current staffer who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter.As first reported by The Verge, trans staffers and allies at Netflix are planning to stage the virtual walkout next Wednesday, Oct. 20, after Sarandos sent two memos to staff one on Oct. 8 and another to all Netflix staffers on Monday stating that the company would not be removing the special, in which Chappelle mocks gender identities and defends J.K. Rowlings transphobic remarks, among other comments.In the second memo, sent on Monday, Sarandos argued that content on screen doesnt directly translate to real-world harm, according to a copy reviewed by THR. The strongest evidence to support this is that violence on screens has grown hugely over the last thirty years, especially with first party shooter games, and yet violent crime has fallen significantly in many countries, Sarandos wrote in the memo, which was first reported by Variety. Adults can watch violence, assault and abuse or enjoy shocking stand-up comedy without it causing them to harm others.The current Netflix staffer said Sarandos memos were largely the impetus behind the walkout, organized by the Trans* employee resource group at the streamer but which received support from several allies at the company. During the walkout, participating staffers will not do any work for the streamer and instead focus on donating to charities and encouraging others to engage in content that does support the trans community, according to the staffer.The memo was very disrespectful, the staffer, who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the subject, said. It didnt invite a robust conversation about this hard topic, and thats normally how things go.In a statement sent to THR earlier on Wednesday, a Netflix spokesperson said the company supported artistic expression for creators while also encouraging employees to disagree openly.Dave Chappelles specials are consistently the most-watched comedy specials on Netflix, and have earned many awards, including both an Emmy and a Grammy for Sticks and Stones, the spokesperson said. We support artistic expression for our creators. We also encourage our employees to disagree openly.We also encourage our employees to disagree openly No they dont. Netflix already suspended employees for trying to address these issues . The thing is, I dont even think that Netflix should have to drop The Closer. Its clearly driving traffic to Netflix, and I understand that part of the business equation. But theres another part of the business equation, which is that Netflixs trans employees and trans-allied employees feel that their voices are not being heard. Serandos sending out dreadful memos about how a platforming transphobia wont do real-world harm is NOT creating a healthy workplace culture. Photos courtesy of Avalon Red and Mathieu Bitton for Netflix.Celebitchy

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