Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos has reportedly doubled down on the corporate’s protection of comic Dave Chappelle in a memo to employees this week, following criticism over the comedian’s remarks about transgender individuals.
Variety first reported Wednesday that Sarandos despatched an electronic mail to all Netflix workers, saying that whereas some staffers had “been left indignant, disillusioned and harm” by the choice to air the particular “The Nearer,” he didn’t imagine the content material instantly translated to “real-world hurt.”
The LGBTQ neighborhood has argued simply that, saying Chappelle’s comments rely on harmful tropes that may solely add to the persecution confronted by transgender Individuals.
“With ‘The Nearer,’ we perceive that the priority just isn’t about offensive-to-some content material however titles which might enhance actual world hurt (reminiscent of additional marginalizing already marginalized teams, hate, violence, and so on.),” Sarandos wrote within the electronic mail, which was additionally obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “Final 12 months, we heard related considerations about ’365 Days’ and violence in opposition to ladies. Whereas some workers disagree, we’ve got a powerful perception that content material on display doesn’t instantly translate to real-world hurt.”
Sarandos, who already defended the special to managers final week, went on to say that Chappelle had made “harsh jokes about many alternative teams” and that the corporate’s management did “not imagine that ‘The Nearer’ is meant to incite hatred or violence in opposition to anybody.” The particular contains derogatory remarks about LGBTQ individuals and defends offensive feedback made by Harry Potter creator J.Okay. Rowling and rapper DaBaby. (The comic has largely shrugged off any criticism.)
Media watchdog GLAAD rejected Sarandos’ argument.
“Genuine media tales about LGBTQ lives have been cited as instantly answerable for rising public help for points like marriage equality,” the group mentioned in a press release about his newest memo. “However movie and TV have additionally been crammed with stereotypes and misinformation about us for many years, resulting in actual world hurt, particularly for trans individuals and LGBTQ individuals of colour.”
The AV Membership reported that many Netflix workers have been planning a company-wide walkout subsequent week in response to the feedback. The Hollywood Reporter added that employees had cited Sarandos’ current memo as a key driver of the occasion.