/  10.20.2021

Netflix said it “respect[s] the decision” of its employees who are expected to hold a company-wide walkout today (Oct. 20) in protest over Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special. The streaming giant released an official statement on Wednesday acknowledging the “deep hurt” it’s caused transgender staff members.

“We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused,” a Netflix spokesperson told ITK. “We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.”

On Twitter, walkout organizer Ashlee Marie Preston said Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos would be “presented with firm asks/demands from Netflix employees.” Due to the “overwhelming response,” Preston added, the location of the walkout was moved to a Netflix office in Los Angeles.

The company’s response to the walkout arrives after Sarandos doubled-down on his support for Chappelle and his controversy-spurring special, The Closer. In an email sent to employees, the Netflix co-CEO defended the company’s decision not to remove the special from the platform.

“We know that a number of you have been left angry, disappointed and hurt by our decision to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix,” he wrote. “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 added, “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.”

Sarandos later admitted that he “screwed up” in communicating with his staff and “should have led with a lot more humanity,” but still stood behind Netflix’s decision to stream the special. So far, Chappelle hasn’t commented on the walkout.


Chris Brown vs. Jason Derulo | The Crew League (S2, Ep. 2)

Chris Brown and Jason Derulo face off on a brand new episode of “The Crew ...
  /  06.11.2021

FaZe Swagg and FaZe JSmooth team up with McDonald’s to elevate diverse voices in gaming

FaZe Swagg and FaZe JSmooth are teaming up to use their star power and knowledge ...
  /  11.30.2021

Which HBCU team’s business pitch will win the grand prize on Moguls In The Making presentation day?

It’s Moguls In The Making presentation day! After 48 hours of ideation, creation and some ...
  /  11.24.2021

HBCU teams square off in the Moguls In The Making competition to make their business ideas a reality

HBCU teams embarked on this journey to compete in this year’s “Moguls In The Making” ...
  /  11.18.2021
View More