Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has spoken out in response to the ongoing criticism of Dave Chappelle’s comedy special near. In the special, Chappelle made some transphobic comments that community members said had some very real-world implications.
Sarandos addressed a range of topics related to Chappelle’s recent jokes, which have angered the trans community and were portrayed as damaging on the day of a planned employee strike at the streaming giant, which has been targeted by trans and LGBTQ+ workers, content producers, and more. and coordinated by supporters.
The events surrounding The Closer have been a rare mistake for Sarandos and Netflix, whose vast finances and good relations with the cast have shaped the global entertainment industry for nearly a decade. In an interview with Variety, he immediately admitted that he “poored” when it came to handling employee complaints, and went into more detail about what the firm does and doesn’t consider hate speech.
According to Sarandos, he sabotaged that internal communication in two ways. He said that he should have led with a lot more humanity. He told Variety in the interview, “Obviously, I screwed up that internal communication. I did that, and I screwed it up in two ways. First and foremost, I should have led with a lot more humanity. I had a bunch of employees who were definitely feeling pain and hurt by the decision we made. And I think that needs to be acknowledged before it gets into the nuts and bolts of anything. Has not done this. “
Also, according to them that was unnatural for them, and it was moving fast and they were trying to answer some of the specific questions that were floating around. He continued, “We landed with some things that were too blanket and matter of fact that aren’t quite accurate.”
Talking about the protocol at Netflix to define hate speech, he said that they are trying to support creative freedom and artistic expression among the artists working at Netflix. He said, “We would certainly draw the line at something that would intentionally cause other people to physically harm or remove security. To me, intent to cause bodily harm certainly crosses the line,” he said. “
Feather near Still remaining on stage, he said, “I don’t think there have been many calls for it to be removed.”
Dave Chappelle took center stage Thursday night at LA’s iconic Hollywood Bowl on October 8. Despite not repeating any jokes that were outright condemned by members of the LGBTQ community, GLAAD, and the National Black Justice Coalition, the celebrity comic scoffed at the concept of canceled culture while promoting themes of compassion and love.
Responding to a standing ovation, the 48-year-old said, “If it’s going to be cancelled, I love it.” The crowd, which included a masked Brad Pitt, Tiffany Haddish, Donnell Rollings, Chuck Lorre, Sterling K. Brown and others included, the phrase and others like it erupted with thunderous applause. At another point, he was more blunt: “Fuck Twitter. Fuck NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.” Is.”