Netflix has suspended three employees and started an investigation against them for crashing the leadership meeting. The suspended employees include a transgender staffer who vehemently criticized the latest comedy special of Dave Chappelle.
The reason for the suspension is provided as attending the business meeting they were not invited to. Terra Field is among the suspended staffers. The said meeting was provided to be the quarterly business reviews strictly for the vice presidents and directors of the company, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Terra Field along with other trans staff members publicly criticized Netflix’s decision to release ‘The Closer’ by Dave Chappelle. The show included multiple transphobic jibes and insensitive remarks.
I work at @netflix. Yesterday we launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness – all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups. You're going to hear a lot of talk about "offense".
We are not offended 🧵
— Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
Netflix denied the statement that the employees were suspended due to their tweets or stance against Chappelle’s show.
“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show,” a spokesperson for the streamer said in a statement to The Times.
“Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety.
Trans TV writer Jaclyn Moore also cut ties with Netflix against this new release. Here, it is important to note that he was the executive director of Netflix’s ‘Dear White People‘.
Dave Chappelle is known to be canceled by the trans community due to his history of remarks that are insensitive and transphobic.
In his upcoming controversial show The Closer, Chappelle maintains that “gender is a fact.” He goes on to say that “every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth,” before likening trans women’s genitalia to two brands of plant-based meat substitutes.
The comedian states that he is proudly “Team TERF,” an initialism that stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos though acknowledged the controversy, defended ‘artistic freedom’. He also said that Netflix has no plans to remove the special due to outside pressure.
“Some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do,” Sarandos wrote.
“Chapelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. His last special Sticks & Stones, also controversial, is our most-watched, stickiest, and most award-winning stand-up special to date. As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom – even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why or My Unorthodox Life.
“Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate,” Sarandos stated. “We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line.”
Despite the outcry against canceling the show and the artist by the trans community, Netflix is standing firm that said the show will not be canceled. The investigation against the suspended employees is in progress and the final decision is still pending.