Chappelle still has Netflix support despite trans remarks
Dave Chappelle’s âThe Closerâ special will not cross âthe line of hate,â a Netflix executive announced despite the comedian’s negative reactions to transgender communities.
Ted Sarandos, co-CEO, wrote in an internal memo that the company will not be removing the show because “some talent” may join with third parties to call it.
The memo, as reported by Variety on Monday, was not commented on by Netflix.
Terra Field, who tweeted criticism of Chappelle’s stage, has been suspended despite reports that three employees have been suspended. Identified as trans by her Twitter profile, Field is a senior software engineer at Netflix.
I work in @netflix. Yesterday we launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community and the very validity of transness – while trying to oppose other marginalized groups. You are going to hear a lot about âoffenseâ.
We are not offended ð§µ
– Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
âIt is absolutely wrong to say that we have suspended employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged not to openly agree and we support their right to do so, âNetflix said in a statement.
A person familiar with the matter claims that the three employees snuck into a company meeting without permission. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, said a worker was suspended following an investigation.
It was not known whether the other two workers would be penalized or not.
A comment from Field was not immediately received. As she said in her posts, Chappelle’s comments have been criticized not for being offensive, but for harming the trans community, especially black women.
The trans and non-binary people who were killed by Field were all trans, non-binary men and women of color, and not all of the victims “were offended.”
The response to a request for comment from Chappelle was not received.
According to GLAAD, âanti-LGBTQ contentâ violates Netflix’s policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence. GLAAD called on Netflix executives to “listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders and the public and commit to their own standards.”
The group said when Chappelle’s special was released last week, the “comedian’s mark became synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
Jaclyn Moore, who was writer and producer of the Netflix show “Dear White People”, tweeted that she worked with executives and others in the service who “fought for important art” and that she told “the story of my transition to @netflix.”
Moore said she faces hatred and attacks because she does not meet the definition of a “real woman”.
âI will not work with them as long as they continue to broadcast and enjoy clearly and dangerously transphobic content,â she tweeted.
The original version of this article appeared on The Associated Press