Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special blurs the line between free speech and hate speech

Dave Chappelle. Image from Twitter.

Dave Chappelle. Image from Twitter.

Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special ‘The Closer’ has largely polarized viewers and Netflix employees for its controversial content.

The special has been termed transphobic by a large section of the audience, even as Netflix has supported the comedian and refused to pull the special.

“We know that our decision to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix has left many of you outraged, disappointed and hurt,” Sarandos wrote in an email obtained by Variety.

“With The Closer, we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-nothing content, but about titles that may exacerbate real-world harm (such as hate, hate, violence, etc.) to already marginalized groups. further marginalizing violence etc.) Last year, we heard similar concerns about 365 Days and violence against women. While some employees disagree, we firmly believe that content on screen does not directly harm the real world delivers.”

Meanwhile, the streaming giant terminated one of its employees for sharing “commercially sensitive information” with an outside source, thus violating Netflix’s policies. All this while a group of Netflix employees staged a walkout in protest against the special.

According to reports, Netflix paid $24.1 million for The Closer and $23.6 million for the comedian’s 2019 special Sticks and Stones.

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