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World Netflix protesters furious over Chapelle special attack man with 'We like Dave' sign

01:56  21 october  2021
01:56  21 october  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Dave Chapelle 's comedy special scores low with critics, is a hit with audiences; 'Barstool Sports' founder Dave Portnoy weighs in. Tensions flared outside a walkout at Netflix headquarters as employees upset with the streaming platform’s airing of a controversial special by standup comedian Dave Chapelle clashed with counter- protesters supporting the comic’s freedom of speech. Videos from the walkout circulating on social media show a man holding a sign that says " We like Dave " before he is accosted by several people who ultimately break his sign .

Hundreds of Netflix employees staged a walkout Wednesday in protest of comedian Dave Chappelle, who made jokes about the transgender community in his latest special “The Closer.” The walkout was announced shortly after Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said he would not remove Chappelle’s special from the streaming platform. Videos from the event outside the company’s offices in Los Angeles show confrontations between the protesters and Chappelle fans who showed up to simply say that “jokes are funny.”

Tensions flared outside a walkout at Netflix headquarters as employees upset with the streaming platform’s airing of a controversial special by standup comedian Dave Chapelle clashed with counter-protesters supporting the comic’s freedom of speech.

Videos from the walkout circulating on social media show a man holding a sign that says "We like Dave" before he is accosted by several people who ultimately break his sign.

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"Why is he breaking my sign?" the man holding the sign can be heard saying as protesters grab and smash it. "Don’t I have the same free speech rights as you?"

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Netflix had previously suspended three employees who publicly protested the special — including one trans employee whose Twitter thread about the special went viral— but they were later reinstated. The company also fired the leader of a trans resource group organizing Wednesday's walkout for leaking financial data "outside the company." For you. NOW WATCH: Netflix copycats are changing the streaming game and making viewers pay the price. More: Netflix Ted Sarandos Dave Chapelle .

Once the sign is destroyed and the man is left holding just the stick it had been mounted on, the protesters start shouting "He’s got a weapon!"

The man is then pushed away from the scene by protesters while laughing at their accusation that he has a weapon before he then drops the stick.

"I’m just here to say that jokes are funny people" the man explains with his hands raised in the air. "Dave Chapelle is a funny guy."

"I love Dave," he added as one protester shook a rattle in his face. "I don’t know why all the violence. I don’t know why all of the hate."

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The walkout on Wednesday at a Netflix office in Hollywood, California was organized in protest of "The Closer," a recent comedy special by Dave Chappelle in which he made remarks that some viewed as offensive to the transgender community.

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Employees at Netflix will halt work on Wednesday in a virtual walkout to condemn the streaming platform’s handling of complaints against Dave Chappelle’s new special . As internal criticism grew, Netflix leaders continued to defend the special . Reed Hastings, the co-chief executive, reportedly said on an internal message board: “I do believe that our commitment to artistic expression and pleasing our members is the right long-term choice for Netflix , and that we are on the right side, but only time will tell.”

In "The Closer," which was released earlier this month and is currently among the most-watched programs on the service in the U.S., Chappelle said "gender is a fact" and said he identified as a "TERF," an acronym that stands for "trans-exclusionary radical feminist." He also compared the transgender community to people who wear blackface.

Besides backlash aimed at Chappelle for his words, Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos also found himself in hot water.

In emails to Netflix staff after the special’s debut earlier this month, Sarandos defended "The Closer," citing its popularity on the platform and the company’s commitment to creative freedom. He also said the company believed "content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm."

Now, Sarandos says he "screwed up" with that statement. In an interview with Deadline, the exec said, "I screwed up the internal communication — and I don’t mean just mechanically," he said. "I feel I should’ve made sure to recognize that a group of our employees was hurting very badly from the decision made, and I should’ve recognized upfront before going into a rationalization of anything the pain they were going through. I say that because I respect them deeply, and I love the contribution they have at Netflix. They were hurting, and I should’ve recognized that first."

Chapelle earlier this month laughed off any efforts to get him and his special canceled.

Speaking to the roughly 18,000 people in the crowd at Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl while wearing sneakers and a suit, Chappelle touched on the fact that a number of individuals and groups are calling for "The Closer" to be pulled from the streamer because of alleged transphobic comments he made in it, Deadline reports.

"If this is what being cancelled is about, I love it," Chappelle said to hoots and hollering from fans in attendance, per the outlet.

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli and Melissa Roberto contributed to this report

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