Netflix Employees Who Walked Out To Protest Dave Chappelle's Special Demand For A More Inclusive Workplace
More than 100 people rallied outside the offices of Netflix on Wednesday to protest the company's release of comedian Dave Chappelle's standup special, "The Closer."
Critics of the special, released earlier this month, say Chappelle's comments about transgender people crossed a line.
Wednesday's planned protest was kicked off with a walkout by Netflix employees who made several demands of the company, including:
- More investment in content for — and about — people who identify as transgender or nonbinary.
- More recruitment of trans men and women to leadership roles at Netflix.
Activist and producer Ashlee Marie Preston organized the rally to show solidarity with the employees.
"We're in the age of the conscious consumer and so it's no longer acceptable to provide a good product," Preston said, "but your values have to be in alignment with the product that you're producing and putting out to the public."
"Obviously, I screwed up that internal communication," he said. "... I screwed it up in two ways. First and foremost, I should have led with a lot more humanity. Meaning, I had a group of employees who were definitely feeling pain and hurt from a decision we made. And I think that needs to be acknowledged up front before you get into the nuts and bolts of anything. I didn’t do that."
Netflix has reinstated me after finding that there was no ill-intent in my attending the QBR meeting. I've included the statement I requested below.— Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 13, 2021
I'm going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I'm at. At the very least, I feel vindicated. pic.twitter.com/lYxemYgRkJ
In response to the walkout, Netflix put out a statement Wednesday morning:
"We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content."