The head of Netflix reiterated his support for the Dave Chappelle special show in a memo to employees

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In an email dated Monday obtained by Variety, the co-CEO responded to the strong opposition, writing: “We know that we have decided to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix. Make many of you feel angry, disappointed and hurt.”

“The Closer”, which premiered on Netflix last week, was criticized by LGBTQ+ advocates, artists and Netflix employees for Chappelle’s remarks and jokes about the transgender community.

He said in the special program that he is the “TERF team”, which means “transgender radical feminist”.

“Gender is a fact,” Chappelle said in “The Closer.” “Everyone in this room, everyone on the earth, must cross a woman’s legs to come to earth. This is a fact.”

“Through The Closer, we learned that the focus is not on offending certain content, but on titles that may increase real-world harm (such as further marginalizing groups that have been marginalized, hatred, violence, etc.),” ​​Sarandos Write. “Although some employees disagree, we firmly believe that the content on the screen will not directly translate into real-world harm.”

The LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD condemned the comments in “The Closer” and disputed the position Sarandos put forward in his email.

“GLAAD was established 36 years ago because media representatives have an influence on LGBTQ people. Real media reports on LGBTQ life are considered to be the direct cause of increasing public support for issues such as marriage equality. But movies and TV are also full of stereotypes and The misinformation GLAAD said in a statement: “For decades, we have been talking about us, causing harm to the real world, especially for transgender people and LGBTQ people of color. Ironically, the documentary “Disclosure” on Netflix proves this very clearly. “

CNN has contacted Netflix for comment, but has not independently verified the email from Sarandos.

Netflix supports Dave Chappelle and

Last week, the company suspended Terra Field, a senior software engineer who claimed to be gay and transgender, and publicly criticized “The Closer” on Twitter.

According to people familiar with the matter, Field and two other employees were suspended for attending a virtual meeting of directors and vice presidents last week without notifying the meeting organizer in advance. Field said on Twitter on Tuesday that she had reinstated.

According to a report from The Verge, Netflix’s transgender employee resource team plans to go on strike on October 20 to protest “The Closer” and Sarandos’s statement.

When CNN contacted Netflix earlier this week, a Netflix spokesperson said: “We encourage employees to object publicly, and we support their right to do so.”

“Our goal is the entertainment world, which means programming for different tastes,” Sarandos said in his email. “We also support artistic freedom to help attract the best creators and resist government and other censorship requirements.”

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