One of the Netflix employees at the center a movement led by workers to force the company to respond to a series of perceived homophobic comments by comedian Dave Chappelle he officially resigned from the company.
at Monday tweet, Terra Field, who is identified by trans and queer, wrote in connection with her resignation on November 21 that although she was not happy that things turned out this way … I think this outcome is the best for all parties involved. ” That tweet is related to the open letter to which it was sent Medium in which Field explained that her decision to leave the company was partly motivated by the resignation of B. Pagels-Minor — another leader of Netflix’s transgender employee resource group who was pregnant at the time they were fired.
While Netflix at the time claimed in a statement that the outage was a response to “sharing [of] confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company, ”Pagels-Minor vehemently denied the allegations in an interview with Vulture. In her resignation letter, Field gave a sign of support to her fellow organizer, citing the breakup as a key factor in her decision to leave.
“Soon after B. got fired for something I didn’t and I don’t believe they did, I made a decision: sink or swim, I will walk side by side with B. as they did for many of us while running Trans * ERG ”, Field wrote in her blog post.
The dissatisfaction of Netflix employees initially sparked several comments Chappelle’s latest platform special, The Closer, in which he identifies himself as a TERF (or “transsexual radical feminist”) and repeatedly rejects the concept of gender identity. What initially took the form of a couple of employees making various statements about the content of the specials then escalated into a full-blown revolt as Netflix made a series of critical mistakes in its response to the dissatisfaction.
Platform first flared up in disgust among the LGBTQ + community when it suspended three of its employees –A field among them — for knocking down an executive-level meeting that addressed concerns about the special, and then fueled a reaction by firing Pagels-Minor (all three suspended workers were eventually reinstated). Then, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos made a bizarre decision to double about his defense of the anti-trans sentiment heard in Chappelle’s special, insisting in the letter that “… the content on the screen does not directly lead to harm in the real world.”
Although Sarandos eventually backed away from the statement, apologizing to employees for the “tricky” reaction that should have done more to acknowledge “the group of employees who definitely felt pain and hurt because of the decision we made,” workers were still involved in work stoppage October 20 to focus on providing support and resources for the trans community and affiliated charities.
Although Netflix’s leadership has been fairly quiet since the PR disaster caused by Chappelle’s reaction, it’s clear that the effects of the ripples – and injuries – that result from the company’s first response are still being felt.
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