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Trans Netflix Staff Will Protest Against CEO's Support Of Dave Chappelle

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Trans Netflix Staff Will Protest Against CEO's Support Of Dave Chappelle

Trans staff at the US branch of Netflix are planning a protest against their co-CEO's comments about Dave Chappelle.

The comedian has been in hot water ever since his standup special, The Closer, debuted on the streaming service.

To rally against the show and comments made by Ted Sarandos, the trans employee resource group within Netflix is organising a demonstration.

The leader of the group wrote to staff (via The Verge): "Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter.

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"And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and continually failing to create content that represents and uplifts Trans content. We can and must do better!"

In the show, Dave made controversial statements about supporting J.K. Rowling's views on trans women and also joked about how you should never upset the gay community while speaking about DaBaby's problematic comments at a music festival.

The veteran comedian explained how his audience will know he doesn't have a problem with gay or trans people and that he was simply making a commentary of today's world.

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But the condemnation of Chappelle was quick and fast on social media, with many people calling for The Closer to be removed from Netflix.

Ted Sarandos, the co-head of the streaming service, revealed earlier this week that they would not be bowing to the public pressure and supported Dave for trying to push the boundaries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarandos explained: "Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him.

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"As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom - even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Reasons Why or My Unorthodox Life.

"Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate.

"We don't allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don't believe The Closer crosses that line.

"I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it's an important part of our content offering."

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Netflix's LGBTQIA+ Twitter account, Most, opened up about how hurtful the last few days have been at the company.

In a post, the account said: "We can't always control what goes on screen. What we can control is what we create here, and the POV we bring to internal conversations."

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Netflix

Stewart Perrie
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