Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos reportedly doubled down on the company’s defense in a memo that comedian Dave Chappelle gave to his staff this week, doubling down after criticism for the comic’s words about transgender people.
The variety was first reported Sarandos sent an email Wednesday to all Netflix employees about its decision to release “The Closer” exclusive to all employees, saying that while some employees are “angry, disappointed and hurt”, they don’t believe the content has been translated directly as “real”. -damage to the world.”
“With ‘The Closer’,” Sarandos said, “with ‘The Closer’, the concern is not with content that is offensive to some people, but with headlines that can increase real-world harm (further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hatred, violence, etc.) Obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “We heard about ‘365 Days’ last year and similar concerns about violence against women. While some employees may disagree, we have a strong belief that on-screen content does not directly harm the real world.”
Sarandos, who already privately defended He went on to tell executives last week that Chappelle made “hard jokes about many different groups” and that the company’s management “does not believe that ‘The Closer’ is intended to incite hatred or violence against anyone.” The special features derogatory remarks about LGBTQ people and defends offensive comments made by Harry Potter writer JK Rowling and rapper DaBaby. (There is a comedian largely shrugged any criticism.)
Media watchdog GLAAD dismissed Sarandos’ argument.
“Authentic media stories about LGBTQ lives have been directly responsible for increasing public support for issues like marriage equality,” the group said in a statement on its final note. “But film and TV have also been filled with stereotypes and misinformation about us for decades, causing real-world harm, especially for trans people and LGBTQ people of color.”
AV Club is one of many Netflix employees. planning a company-wide strike next week in response to comments. The Hollywood Reporter added that the staff cited Sarandos’ final rating as the main driver of the event.