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Netflix Staff And Activists Protest Against “Transphobic” Dave Chappelle Show

Netflix’s headquarters recently saw the gathering of over 100 people protesting the airing of a comedy special by Dave Chappelle “The Closer”, which they say is transphobic.

Netflix Staff And Activist Protest Against "Transphobic" Dave Chappelle Show
Photo of Dave Chappelle

Netflix staff and transgender activists staged the walkout outside the streaming giant’s Los Angeles offices.

Demonstrators called on Netflix to fund more trans and non-binary talent, and other measures to avoid “transphobia and hate speech”.

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Netflix has been mired in controversy over “The Closer”, in which stand-up comedy star Chappelle says “gender is a fact” and that LGBT people are “too sensitive”.

Chappelle has laughed off the backlash, recently saying: “If this is what being cancelled is about, I love it.”

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos previously defended the firm’s decision to air the programme.

Netflix Staff And Activist Protest Against "Transphobic" Dave Chappelle Show
Photo of Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos

In a leaked staff memo, he insisted that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm”, and emphasised the importance of defending “artistic freedom”.

But in a later interview with Hollywood trade publication Deadline, Mr Sarandos said he “screwed up the internal communication”.

“I should’ve made sure to recognise that a group of our employees was hurting very badly from the decision made,” he added.

“I respect them deeply, and I love the contribution they have at Netflix. They were hurting, and I should’ve recognised that first.”

The protest comes a day after Netflix reported record subscriber numbers of 213.5 million globally.

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