Despite the backlash over Dave Chappelle’s comments against the transgender community, a senior Netflix official stated that Chappelle’s special “The Closer” doesn’t cross “the line on hate”. He said it will remain on the streaming service despite fallout over the comedian’s remarks about the transgender community.
However, in response to press reports, the company announced the termination of three workers, one of whom, Terra Field, had tweeted about Chappelle’s show. Field describes herself as a senior software engineer at Netflix and a trans woman on Twitter.
Netflix said in a statement “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”
According to an employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the three workers went into a quarterly meeting for business directors and vice presidents without permission. He said one worker was suspended as a consequence of an investigation and was unclear whether any action would be taken against the other two employees.
A request for comment to Field went unanswered right away. She said in her postings that Chappelle was being chastised not for his disrespectful remarks, but for the damage, he does to the trans community, particularly Black women.
Field provided a list of trans and nonbinary men and women of colour who she said were murdered, adding in each case that the victim “is not offended.”
An attempt to reach a representative for Chappelle was unsuccessful.
In a statement Monday, the media watchdog group GLAAD said that “anti-LGBTQ content” violates Netflix’s policy to reject programs that incite hate or violence. GLAAD called on Netflix executives to “listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders, and audiences and commit to living up to their own standards.”
When Chappelle’s special was released last week, the group said that the comedian’s “brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
Jaclyn Moore, worked as a writer and producer on the Netflix show “Dear White People,” tweeted that she worked with executives and others at the service who “fought for important art” and that she told “the story of my transition for @netflix.” She said that she still faces hate and attacks because people believes she is not a real woman.
Moore said in her tweet “I will not work with them as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”