“Some talents may ask us to remove the show, which we are not going to do.”
The streaming service received criticism after Dave’s problematic comments about the trans and LGBTQ + communities – including pushback from Netflix employees themselves.
Software engineer Terra Field, who is transgender, was actually suspended from the company shortly after publicly sharing his thoughts on the thesis on Twitter.
Netflix says Terra, along with two other employees, were not suspended for their statements, but instead tried to attend a director-level meeting they were not invited to.
“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employee for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so,” the company said in a statement to The Verge.
Meanwhile, CEO Ted Sarandos discussed the thesis in an internal email to employees, explaining why they would not remove it from the service.
“It never feels good when people hurt, especially our colleagues, so I would give you an extra context. You also need to be aware that some talents can join third parties to ask us to remove the show in the coming days that we are not going to do, ”Ted wrote.
He continued: “We do not allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hatred or violence, and we do not believe The closer crosses that border. However, I recognize that it is difficult to distinguish between comments and injuries, especially with stand-up comedy that exists to push boundaries. “
He went on to say that stand-up is an “important part of our content offering” with Dave’s previous special Sticks & Stones is their “most watched, most tacky and most award-winning stand-up special to date.”
Ted added that Netflix maintains its commitment to the inclusion and reflection of underrepresented communities with titles such as Sex education, Young royals, Control Z and Disclosure.
“Externally, especially in stand-up comedy, artistic freedom is obviously a very different standard of speech than we allow internally, as the goals are different: entertaining people versus maintaining a respectful and productive workplace,” Ted concluded.
You can read Ted’s full email here.
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