Netflix’s Dave Chappelle Controversy: Ted Sarandos Mounts New Defense Amid Fan Uproar & Potential Staff Walkout

Netflix’s Dave Chappelle Controversy: Ted Sarandos Mounts New Defense Amid Fan Uproar & Potential Staff Walkout

The controversy over Netflix’s Dave Chappelle special The Closer continued today with allegations that employees had raised concerns about the doc before it debuted, reports of a planned walkout next week by and in support of the company’s trans employees and a leaked memo from company co-CEO Ted Sarandos maintaining that violent or abusive content does not spur viewers to harm others. A report from Bloomberg said that Netflix staffers raised flags about The Closer in the days before it was released, specifically “that a series of jokes about gender-neutral pronouns and the genitalia of transgender people was potentially inflammatory and damaging.” Sarandos apparently addressed those and other concerns in a memo sent to employees on Monday. According to Variety, the co-CEO wrote about “trade-offs” and “the principles that guide …
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