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Netflix Trans Worker Group Plans To Retire Oct. 20 On Chappelle Special, Report Says

Netflix, the world’s largest streaming service of its kind, has offices around the world.


A. Netflix A group for trans workers is coordinating a company-wide strike in protest at Dave Chappelle’s latest company comedy special and Netflix’s responses to criticism that it includes transphobic jokes, according to to a report.

Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Our leadership has shown us that they do not uphold the values ​​by which we are held,” said an internal organizing message for the group, as reported by The Verge. “Among the numerous emails and non-responses that have been given, we have been explicitly told that somehow we cannot understand the nuances of certain content.”

Netflix released its latest Chappelle stand-up special, The Closer, last week. Chappelle, often a lightning rod comedian, touches on past criticism of the LGBTQ community on the show and delivers some new jokes that ridicule trans people, the kind of comedy advocacy groups like GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition say it will incite hatred and violence.

With advocates and trans employees calling on Netflix to drop the special, co-CEO Ted Sarandos has vowed to keep the show, and some workers who protested the response at a meeting were suspended (and later reinstated).

Correction, 3:21 pm PT: An earlier version of this story misspelled Dave Chappelle’s name.



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