“The Closer,” which debuted on Netflix final week, has drawn criticism from LGBTQ+ advocates, artists and Netflix staff for Chappelle’s remarks and jokes in regards to the trans group.
He says in the course of the special that he’s “team TERF,” the time period for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.”
“Gender is a fact,” Chappelle says in “The Closer.” “Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact.”
“With The Closer, we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.),” Sarandos wrote. “While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy group, has condemned feedback made in “The Closer” and disputed the place Sarandos laid out in his electronic mail.
“GLAAD was founded 36 years ago because media representation has consequences for LGBTQ people. Authentic media stories about LGBTQ lives have been cited as directly responsible for increasing public support for issues like marriage equality. But film and TV have also been filled with stereotypes and misinformation about us for decades, leading to real world harm, especially for trans people and LGBTQ people of color. Ironically, the documentary Disclosure on Netflix demonstrates this quite clearly,” GLAAD stated in a press release.
NCS has reached out to Netflix for remark and has not independently verified the e-mail from Sarandos.
Last week, the corporate suspended Terra Field, a senior software program engineer who identifies as queer and trans, who had publicly criticized “The Closer” on Twitter.
Field and two different staff had been suspended for attending a digital assembly of administrators and vice presidents final week with out notifying the assembly organizer in advance, in accordance to a supply with data of the matter. Field stated on Twitter Tuesday that she has since been reinstated.
When reached by NCS earlier this week, a spokesperson for Netflix stated: “Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”
“Our goal is to entertain the world, which means programming for a diversity of tastes,” Sarandos stated in his electronic mail. “We also support artistic freedom to help attract the best creators, and push back on government and other censorship requests.”