Netflix suspended a transgender employee after her comments on social networks for the content of the new Dave Chapelle special that premiered on the platform.
The program, called The Closer, includes content that has been seen as an attack on the trans community. And precisely a Netflix engineer, called Terra Field, published a Twitter thread as a result of the special and that later went viral.
I work at @Netflix. Yesterday we launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness – all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups. You & # 39; re going to hear a lot of talk about & quot; offense & quot ;.
We are not offended 🧵
& mdash; Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
Field says that, indeed, “being trans can be a lot of fun if you are someone who knows about the subject.” However, the problem with Dave Chapelle’s show is that “he doesn’t know about this and our very existence seems funny to him, but when we object to the harm done to us, it is because we are the ‘offended’”.
The Netflix employee is categorical in pointing out that the claim is fair because Dave Chapelle’s jokes hurt a very specific part of the trans community, such as African American women. Terra Field, of Caucasian origin, says that “people who look like me are not killed, because they are white.”
The thread in question went viral and became very popular on Twitter. But Netflix assured that the suspension of Terra Field and two other employees was not for their statements, but for trying to enter an exclusive meeting for executives, to which they were not authorized.
“We encourage our employees to publicly disagree and support their right to do so,” according to a statement given to The Verge.
In a memo sent to all employees, Ted Sarandos, the CEO of Netflix, assured that while it is never good to hurt other people, in the case of humor type stand up like Dave Chapelle, creative and artistic freedom “has a different standard than what we allow in our work environment.”
According to Sarandos, some people “may think that the stand up it is harmful, while others simply enjoy it ”. And that is an important part of the offer of platforms like Netflix, which has no intention of withdrawing the Dave Chapelle special.