The controversy over Netflix’s Dave Chappelle particular The Closer continued as we speak with allegations that workers had raised issues in regards to the doc earlier than it debuted, studies of a deliberate walkout subsequent week by and in help of the corporate’s trans workers and a leaked memo from firm co-CEO Ted Sarandos sustaining that violent or abusive content material doesn’t spur viewers to hurt others.
A report from Bloomberg mentioned that Netflix staffers raised flags about The Closer within the days earlier than it was launched, particularly “that a series of jokes about gender-neutral pronouns and the genitalia of transgender people was potentially inflammatory and damaging.”
Sarandos apparently addressed these and different issues in a memo despatched to workers on Monday. According to Variety, the co-CEO wrote about “trade-offs” and “the principles that guide our team’s content choices,” earlier than specializing in “titles which could increase real world harm.” Sarandos wrote that, “we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” As proof, he cited the information displaying 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.”
Deadline reached out to Netflix for touch upon each the alleged memo and report about employees issues, however didn’t instantly hear again.
On the corporate’s Twitter feed dedicated to LGBTQ+ storytelling, Most, commenters weren’t satisfied in regards to the firm’s motives.
Replying to a string of tweets from the individuals who keep the account — which included “sorry we haven’t been posting, this week f*cking sucks” — commenters mentioned:
“Excuse me why aren’t _YOU_ standing up for “our” neighborhood? You do acknowledge how crappy your organization is being, proper? Please inform me you acknowledge”
“…this year I gave myself the gift of unsubscribing from Netflix, because I won’t give my money to companies that fund and platform transphobia (and suspend trans employees for objecting)”
Or extra immediately:
“Delete this sanctimonious b#llsh*t you f#ck*ng hypocrites”
sorry we haven’t been posting, this week fucking sucks (🧵)
— Most (@Most) October 13, 2021
It appears some Netflix workers should not satisfied, both.
Transgender staffers and their co-workers plan to stage a walkout subsequent week protesting the streaming large’s stance on The Closer, in line with the Los Angeles Times. They are urging cohorts “not to work for Netflix that day” with the intention to “challenge the very principles of our company.”