Transgender Employees At Netflix Plan Walkout Over Dave Chappelle’s ‘Transphobic’ Comments

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Transgender employees at Netflix are planning a walkout on October 20 in response to the company’s stance on Dave Chappelle’s ‘transphobic’ jokes he made in his special, The Closer.

The employees say they raised concerns to executives over the comments, but the co-CEO Ted Sarandos said the show ‘didn’t cross any lines’. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, a message was posted in a company group for ‘gender minorities,’ where an employee claimed the leadership has shown ‘they do not uphold their values’. 

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Transgender employee Terra Field was fired along with two other employees for joining a quarterly business review. Credit: @RainofTerra/Twitter

It read: “I encourage all [members of] Trans* and allies not to work for Netflix that day.

“As we’ve discussed through Slack, email, texts and everything in between, our leadership has shown us that they do not uphold the values for which we are held.”

The ‘day of rest’ comes after transgender employee Terra Field was fired along with two other employees for joining a quarterly business review, despite being told they weren’t welcome by executives. 

She has since been reinstated by the company after a public outcry.

Sharing a screenshot confirming she had been re-hired, she tweeted: “Netflix has reinstated me after finding that there was no ill-intent in my attending the QBR meeting. 

“I’ve included the statement I requested below. I’m going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I’m at. At the very least, I feel vindicated.”

The screenshot read: “Our investigation did not find that you joined the QBR meeting with any ill intent and that you genuinely didn’t think there was anything wrong with seeking access to this meeting. 

“Additionally, when a Director shared the link, it further supported that this was a meeting you could attend.”

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