Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on defense in a memorandum to employees this week against the company’s comedian Dave Chappell, following criticism of the comic’s comments about transgender people.
Variety first reported Wednesday that Sarandos had sent an email to all Netflix employees, stating that some employees were “angry, frustrated and hurt” by the decision to promote the special “The Closure”, he did not believe the content was directly translated “real” The loss of the world. “
The LGBTQ community has simply argued that Chappell’s comments rely on harmful trope that will only increase the persecution faced by transgender Americans.
With “The Closure” we understand that anxiety is not something that is offensive but a headline that could increase real-world damage (such as further marginalization of already marginalized parties, hatred, violence, etc.), “Sarandos wrote in an email that The Hollywood Reporter also received.” Last year, we heard similar concerns about ‘365 days’ and violence against women. While some employees may disagree, we firmly believe that on-screen content does not directly harm the real world.
Sarandos, who had already defended managers exclusively last week, said Chappell had made “harsh jokes about different groups” and that the company’s leadership “did not believe that the purpose of ‘closure’ was to incite hatred or violence. Anyone.” The special contains derogatory remarks about LGBTQ people and defends the offensive remarks made by Harry Potter author JK Rowling and rapper Dabir. (The comedian basically stopped any criticism.)
The media watchdog has rejected GLAAD Sarandos’ argument.
“True media stories about LGBTQ life have been cited as directly responsible for increasing public support, such as marriage equality,” the group said in a statement about its latest memo. “But movies and TV have been filled with stereotypes and misinformation about us for decades, which hurts the real world, especially for trans people and people of LGBTQ color.”
Terra Field, A Netflix trans software engineer who shared a viral thread about the comments, also slammed Sarandos’ remarks:
The AV Club reports that many Netflix employees are planning a company-walkout next week in response to the comments. The Hollywood Reporter added that staff cited Sarandos’ recent memo as the main driver of the incident.