Netflix CEO Stands by Defense of Dave Chappelle Special; Employees Plan Walkout Next Week in Protest

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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos stood by his defense of Dave Chappelle’s latest special in a memo to staff.

Chappelle has received serious criticism for his comments about the trans community in The Closer. He called himself a member of “Team TERF” and defended J.K. Rowling, who was similarly criticized for transphobic commentary.

Sarandos stood by the special and said in an earlier memo, “Distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”

There has been some notable internal backlash and reports
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