Netflix boss Ted Sarandos has been shot by comedian Hannah Gadsby after checking on her in her recent note from staff defending Dave Chappelle.
Chappelle is currently at the center of a dispute over his standup special The closer, which includes material relating to the transgender community that some have found offensive and has attracted intense criticism from the LGBTQ + community.
Now the streamer’s co-CEO is facing criticism after the following internal note was released (via Variety): “We work hard to ensure that marginalized societies are not defined by a single story. So we have Sex education, Orange is the new black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix. The key to this is to increase the diversity of the content team itself. “
Upon reading this will Nanette and Douglas performer took to Instagram to express his thoughts with a statement.
Hi Hi Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to tell you that I would prefer if you did not pull my name into your mess. Now I have to deal with even more of the hatred and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to let go of me every time Dave gets $ 20 million to deal with his emotionally crippled partial wording.
“You did not pay me near enough to deal with the real consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. F ** k you and your amoral algorithm cult … I’m doing shit with more backbone than you. It is just a joke! I certainly did not cross a border because you just told the world that there is not one. “
The Australian has since received plenty of support from names on screen, including Batwoman‘s Ruby Rose, who replied, “Hannah. You’re incredibly special. Never change a damn fucking thing and thank God for you.”
Transparent actress Amy Landecker added: “Brilliant, as usual.”
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Sarando’s comments come after an earlier note sent to Netflix employees quoted the streamer as giving “creative freedom” to keep Chappelle’s stand-up offerings.
“As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom – even if it means there will always be content on Netflix that some people think is harmful,” Sarandos said (via Variety).
“I recognize, however, that it is difficult to distinguish between commentary and harm, especially with stand-up comedy that exists to push boundaries. Some people think stand-up art is vicious, but our members enjoy it, and it is an important part of our content offering.
“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, productive workplace.”
Dear white peopletransgender co-showrunner Jaclyn Moore spoke earlier this month, saying she would not work with Netflix after Chappelle’s comments.
“I told the story of my transition to @netflix and @most’s Pride week,” Moore began. “It’s a network that has been my home on @DearWhitePeople. I have loved working there. [But] I will not work with them as long as they continue to turn off and profit from overt and dangerous transphobic content. ”
As a further answer to the question, the trans-employee resource group on Netflix is planning a company-wide walkout next week (October 20) to protest Sarandos’ statement and suspension and then the reintroduction of a trans-employee to attend a director-level meeting without invitation.
An internal message from one of the group’s leaders is quoted as indicating (via The edge): “Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as an organization, Netflix has consistently failed to show deep concern in our mission to entertain the world by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and constantly fails to create content, that represents and promotes Trans content. We can and must do better! “
Digital spy has contacted representatives of Gadsby, Chappelle and Sarandos for further comments.
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