- Netflix’s co-CEO sent out a memo safeguarding the choice to stream Dave Chappelle’s brand-new unique.
- In the memo, he stated that material “doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
- Some individuals explained that a Netflix documentary, “Disclosure,” argues otherwise.
co-CEO Ted Sarandos provided another defense of the business launching Dave Chappelle’s questionable brand-new standup unique, “The Closer,” in which he stated “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world hard.”
That belief triggered a variety of individuals, consisting of the developer of Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” to explain that a Netflix documentary, called “Disclosure,” argues the specific reverse.
In “The Closer,” Chappelle makes transphobic remarks that have actually stimulated a reaction from some Netflix workers.
Sarandos sent out a company-wide memo on Monday dealing with issues over the unique, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, which acquired copies of the note.
“With ‘The Closer,’ we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.),” Sarandos composed in part. “Last year, we heard similar concerns about ‘365 Days’ and violence against women. While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
In light of Sarandos’ memo, individuals consisting of critics, market experts, and activists have actually pointed to a documentary, Netflix’s “Disclosure,” that recommends otherwise.
A Netflix representative decreased to remark for this story.
“If only Sarandos had access to a documentary called ‘Disclosure’ that makes a very convincing argument about the many ways content has translated to real-world harm for the trans community,” Rolling Stone primary television critic Alan Sepinwall tweeted. “It’s on … [checks notes] … Netflix.”
Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who developed Netflix’s adult animated funny “BoJack Horseman,” tweeted: “There’s a very good documentary called ‘Disclosure’ that I would recommend to anyone who works in the content biz. It’s on Netflix.”
In a declaration to Variety in response to Sarandos’ remarks, GLAAD likewise cited the documentary.
“Authentic media stories about LGBTQ lives have been cited as directly responsible for increasing public support for issues like marriage equality,” GLAAD stated. “But film and TV have also been filled with stereotypes and misinformation about us for decades, leading to real world harm, especially for trans people and LGBTQ people of color. Ironically, the documentary ‘Disclosure’ on Netflix demonstrates this quite clearly.”
After “The Closer” debuted, some Netflix workers spoke up versus the release of the unique. Notably, Terra Field, a senior software application engineer who is trans, went viral on Twitter recently, stating that Chappelle “attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness — all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups.”
Field and 2 other workers were suspended recently for going to an executive conference they were not welcomed to, The Verge and Variety reported, however have actually given that been restored following an examination. Netflix provided a declaration today pressing back versus the concept that the workers were suspended for any criticism of the Chappelle unique.
“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show,” a Netflix representative stated. “Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”
Sarandos’ all-staff memo follows a memo to executives recently, in response to concerns fielded throughout the previously mentioned executive conference, in which he protected the unique by calling Chappelle “one of the most popular stand-up comedians today.”
Now, Netflix’s trans worker resource group is preparing a company-wide walkout on October 20, The Verge reported on Wednesday.
In the unique, Chappelle stated that “gender is a fact” and protected “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, who has actually likewise been slammed for transphobic remarks. Rowling has actually determined as a “TERF” (trans exclusionary extreme feminist), and Chappelle exclaimed “Team TERF!” in his unique.