LOS ANGELES – Dave Chappell’s special “The Closer” does not cross the line of hatred and will remain on the streaming service despite comedian’s remarks about the transgender community, a senior Netflix executive said.
In an introductory memo, co-CEO Ted Serendous told managers that “some skilled people” could work with a third party to remove the show, “which we are not going to do.”
Netflix declined to comment on the memo, which Variety reported on Monday.
But the company responded to reports that it had suspended three employees, including Terrafield, who had been critical of the chapel in tweets. Field identifies himself on Twitter as a senior Netflix software engineer and trans.
“It is absolutely wrong to say that we have suspended any employee for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so. Netflix said in a statement.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the three employees attended the quarterly meeting of the company’s directors and vice presidents without obtaining permission. The man, who was not authorized to discuss the situation in public, said one worker was suspended as a result of the investigation.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Field did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In her posts, she said Chappell was being criticized because her comments were not offensive but aimed at harming the trans community, especially black women.
The field included a list of trans and non-binary men and women he said had been killed, and in each case added that the victim was “not angry.”
Chapel’s representative did not respond to a request for comment.
In a statement Monday, media watchdog group GLAAD said “anti-LGBTQ content” violates Netflix’s policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence. GLAAD called on Netflix executives to “listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders and audiences and pledge to live up to their standards.”
When the Chapel special was released last week, the group said the comedian’s “brand trans has become synonymous with ridiculing people and other disadvantaged groups.”
Jacqueline Moore, author and producer of the Netflix show “Dear White People,” tweeted that she worked with executives and others in the service who “struggled for important art” and that “Netflix The story of my transition to. ”
But she faces hatred and attacks because “I am not a real woman.”
“I will not work with them as long as they continue and benefit from clear and dangerous transphobic material,” he said on Twitter.