Netflix staff are planning a strike over a controversial comedy special, which the streamer is refusing to remove.
The business troubles caused by a controversial Dave Chappelle comedy special are seemingly anything but funny.
Netflix’s transgender employees are planning an Oct. 20 exit from the streaming service in response to an ongoing series of issues connecting with Chapelle, 48. The closer, according to the Edge.
The most prominent of the issues was the suspension of a senior trans software engineer, Terra Field, who criticized Chappelle for his humor about trans people in a viral Twitter thread.
A source said The charge that Field was suspended not for the tweets but for meddling, along with two others, in an executive-only meeting.
Since then, Field has been reinstated “after discovering that there were no malicious intentions” in her attendance, she posted.
“I’m going to take a few days off to decompress and try to find out where I am. At the very least, I feel vindicated, ”Field tweeted.
Despite that, Netflix’s trans employee resource group is still moving forward with a planned strike next week, according to the Edge, which got its internal grade.
“Trans lives matter. Trans rights are important. And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our Entertain the World mission by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and by continually failing to create content that represents and enhances Trans content. We can and must do better! “One movement leader reportedly wrote.
To add fuel to the fire, Co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle in an email to employees amid this week’s debacle.
“You should also be aware that some talents may join third parties in asking us to withdraw the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do,” Sarandos wrote, adding that the special is “an important part of our content offering. “. . “
A follow-up email from Sarandos, obtained by the outlet, also stated: “This won’t be the last title that has some of you wondering if you can still love Netflix. I sincerely hope you can. “
In response, the organizers of the strike allegedly harshly criticized their superiors, writing “our leadership has shown us that they do not uphold the values by which we are held,” according to the Edge.
Chappelle himself has become infatuated with “getting canceled,” recently telling a huge crowd at the Hollywood Bowl: “I love it.
“I don’t know what to tell you, except that I’m a bad son of a bitch,” he said.
Along with praise from comedian Damon Wayans, 61, Chappelle’s jokes were also defended by transgender comedian Flame Monroe, according to TMZ.
“This whole ‘What you can and cannot say’ thing is ridiculous… I don’t think the special should be taken off Netflix,” Monroe said.
Chappelle was also described as an “LGBTQ ally” by the family of his late comedian trans friend Daphne Dorman.
This story originally appeared in NY Mail and has been reproduced here with permission.