Netflix trans-worker group plans walkout Oct. 20 over Chapelle special, report says – CNET


Netflix, the largest streaming service of its kind globally, has offices around the world. 


Netflix group for trans workers is coordinating a company-wide walkout protesting the company’s latest comedy special from Dave Chapelle and Netflix’s responses to criticism that it includes transphobic jokes, according to a report

Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. 

“Our leadership has shown us they do not uphold the values to which we are held,” an internal organizing message for the group said, as reported by The Verge. “Between the numerous emails and non-answers that have been given, we have been told explicitly that we somehow cannot understand the nuance of certain content.”

Netflix released its latest stand-up special by Chapelle, The Closer, last week. Often a lightning-rod comedian, Chapelle touches on past criticism from the LGBTQ community in the show and delivers some new jokes ridiculing trans people — the kind of comedy that advocacy groups like GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition say will incite hate and violence. With advocates and trans employees calling on Netflix to take it down, co-CEO Ted Sarandos has committed to keeping the show up, and some workers who protested the response at a meeting were suspended (and subsequently reinstated).  

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