Los Angeles, USA – The company Netflix suspended three employees who broke into a virtual meeting between the executives of the company in protest of the broadcast of “The Closer”, a film by comedian Dave Chappelle whose Comments about transgender people have caused controversy.
The workers showed up (virtually) at Netflix’s quarterly business review, which brings together the 500 most important positions, even though they weren’t invited, so the company opened a file.
“It is absolutely false that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about the program. We encourage our employees to show their disagreement openly and we support their right to do so, “said a company spokesman.
“The Closer”, a show produced by popular American comedian Dave Chappelle, It premiered on Netflix last week and has been met with strong opposition from some employees.
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In the film, Chappelle affirms that the community of trans people has “very thin” skin, and supports the messages in which the writer JK Rowling defended her position “TERF”, a term coined for group the feminist movement that excludes transgender people.
Also, the comedian criticizes the so-called “culture of cancellation”.
Among the suspended workers is Terra Field, a software engineer who She defines herself as a trans woman and whose tweets questioning the program have achieved great repercussion.
“The problem is that people respond to something that we never said. We don’t complain about ‘being offended’ and we don’t have ‘thin skin’ “, Field explained.
The controversy has forced Ted Sarandos, founder of Netflix, to defend the production
“What we object to is the harm that this type of content does to the trans community, especially to trans people of color and VERY specifically to black trans women. People like I am being murdered, I am a white woman “, she added before naming 38 black trans women who were murdered this year.
Also, the association GLAAD has asked that Netflix listen to the demands and the producer of one of their series, “Dear White People”, has said that she will not work with them again.
“As with other talents, we work hard to support your creative freedom, although this means that we always there will be content on Netflix that some people think is harmful “he explained in an internal statement released by Variety.
“We do not allow titles that incite hatred and violence and we do not believe that ‘The Closer’ crosses that line,” he justified.
Sarandos gave as an example the controversy caused by other films such as “Cuties”, which denounces the hypersexualization of theas niñas, y “My Unorthodox Life”, who was criticized in religious circles for dealing with a fashion entrepreneur who leaves a community of Orthodox Jews.