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    Netflix’s Dave Chappelle Controversy: Ted Sarandos Mounts New Defense Amid Fan Uproar & Potential Staff Walkout

    NS Controversy up Netflix‘s Dave Chappelle special near Continuing today with allegations that employees expressed concerns about the doctor prior to her debut, reports of a planned walkout next week in support of the company’s trans employees, and a leaked memo from the company’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos Maintaining that violent or abusive content does not lead viewers to harm others.

    a report good Bloomberg Says Netflix Employees Raised Flags near In the days before its release, notably “that a series of jokes about gender-neutral pronouns and genitals transgender People were potentially inflammatory and harmful.”

    Sarandos explicitly addressed those and other concerns in a memo sent to employees on Monday. According to Variety, co-CEO, wrote about the “trade-offs” and “the principles that guide our team’s content choices,” before focusing on the title “that can increase real-world harm.” . Sarandos wrote that, “We firmly believe that content on screen does not directly harm the real world.” As evidence, he cited data showing that “violence on screen has increased tremendously over the past thirty years, especially with first party shooter games, and yet violent crime has declined significantly in many countries. “

    Deadline reached out to Netflix for comment on both the alleged memo and reports about employee concerns, but did not immediately hear back.

    On the company’s Twitter feed dedicated to LGBTQ+ storytelling, majority of, commentators were not convinced of the company’s objectives.

    Responding to a string of tweets from people maintaining the account — including “Sorry we’re not posting, this week f*cking sucks” — commenters said:

    “Sorry, _YOU_” Why don’t you stand up for our “community? You recognize how crappy your company is getting, right? Please let me know you recognize”


    “…this year I gave myself the gift of unsubscribing from Netflix, because I will not give my money to companies that fund and platform transphobia (and suspend trans employees for objecting)”

    or more directly:

    “remove this holy b#llsh*t you f#ck*ng hypocrites”

    Looks like some Netflix employees aren’t convinced either.

    Transgender employees and their co-workers plan to walkout next week protesting streaming giant’s stance near, According to Los Angeles Times. They are urging coworkers to “not work for Netflix that day” for “challenging our company’s principles.”

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