Netflix Suspends Three Employees Who Criticized Dave Chappelle’s Transphobic Standup Special

Netflix Suspends Employees Who Criticized Dave Chappelle’s Transphobic Standup Special

Although it was initially reported that Field’s critique of Netflix had played a role in her suspension, the streamer vehemently rejected that characterization on Monday.


“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety. “Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”

Netflix did not immediately respond to additional requests for comment.

In his internal memo, Sarandos went on to clarify the platform’s internal logic on offensive material, acknowledging that while The Closer had the potential to offend some viewers, the freedom to “push boundaries” is part of comedy’s art form:

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.


Despite loudly and frequently trumpeting its own aspirations to foster a company culture of radical transparency and accountability, Netflix has a history of firing employees who voice dissent. In July, the platform dismissed three senior film marketing executives after they were discovered to have complained about management on a company Slack channel they thought was private.

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