Entertainment Netflix employee fired in wake of Chappelle special furor
Dave Chappelle's Netflix Special The Closer Sparks Backlash from the LGBTQ+ Community
Dave Chappelle's newest comedy special, which dropped on Tuesday, contains jokes directed at the LGBTQ+ community — specifically the trans community — with references to his past dust-ups for similar humor in his previous standup acts. One passage in particular caused a variety of strong reactions on Twitter. "Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact," Chappelle said in The Closer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix said Friday that it had fired an employee for disclosing confidential financial information about what it paid for Dave Chappelle’s comedy special “The Closer," which some condemned as being transphobic.
The employee, who wasn't named, shared “confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company," a Netflix statement said.
“We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” the statement said.
The statement said the information was referenced in a Bloomberg news article, which reported that Netflix spent $24.1 million on “The Closer,” which first aired last week. The article also mentioned the lower budgets for a 2019 Chapelle special, a Bo Burnham special and the nine-episode hit “Squid Game.”
Dear White People EP Boycotts Netflix, Calls Dave Chappelle's Special 'Dangerously Transphobic'
GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition have also spoken out against the special, titled The Closer , included several jokes directed at the LGBTQ+ community — specifically transgender people — with references to Chappelle's dust-ups for similar humor in his previous standup acts. The material sparked backlash amongst LBGTQ+ people and other social media users following the special's Tuesday release. Moore previously worked with Netflix on Dear White People and told the story of her transition for the streaming service's Pride week programming.
Netflix said a review of its internal access logs pinpointed the information to a single person, who “admitted that they downloaded and shared sensitive company information externally.”
Video: Netflix Suspends Trans Employee Over Dave Chappelle Special (The Independent)
“The Closer," first aired on Oct. 1 and had gained at least 10 million views. However, Chapelle's remarks about the transgender community raised protests within Netflix and from LGBTQ activists.
The media watchdog group GLAAD said that “anti-LGBTQ content” violates Netflix’s policy to reject programs that incite hate or violence.
However, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos told managers in an internal memo that the show doesn't cross “the line on hate" and will remain on the streaming service.
Several Netflix employees, including a software engineer who identifies as transgender, had criticized the special. Transgender employees and their co-workers are being urged to stage a walkout next Wednesday in protest.
“Our leadership has shown us that they do not uphold the values for which we are held,” said a Monday post on a public company Slack channel, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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Chappelle special spurs Netflix walkout and counter protests .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. A pre-noon rally at a Netflix office-studio complex drew about 100 people, most on the side of an estimated 30 workers at the streaming giant that joined in afterward. Some were willing to identify themselves as Netflix employees, but all declined to provide their names. Joey Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Emmy-winning comedy “Transparent,” was among the speakers at the rally.