One of the Netflix employees in the center Worker-led movement In order for the company to respond to a series of apparently homophobic remarks made by comedian Dave Chappelle, he has officially resigned from the company.
On a monday tweet, The transgender and queer identity Tyra Field wrote about her resignation on November 21, although she was “unhappy with the outcome of the matter…I do think this outcome is relevant to all It’s the best for Fang.” That tweet links to an open letter Moderate Field explained that part of the reason for her decision to leave the company was the departure of B. Pagels-Minor, another leader of the Netflix transgender employee resource group. He was Already pregnant They were fired at that time.
Although Netflix claimed in a statement at the time that the termination was in response to “shared [of] Confidential and commercially sensitive information outside the company,” Pagels-Minor strongly denied these allegations in an interview. VultureIn her resignation letter, Field expressed support for her organizers and pointed out that termination was a key factor in her decision to leave.
“Shortly after B. was fired because I did not and did not believe what they did, I made a decision: sink or swim, I want to walk side by side with B., just like many of us did when they led Trans* ERG as you do,” Field wrote in her blog post.
The backlash from Netflix employees was initially triggered by the following comments Chappelle’s latest special for the platform, Closer, In which he self-identified as TERF (or “transgender radical feminist”) and repeatedly refuted the concept of gender identity. It took the form of a pair of employees making different comments on the content of the special program, and then as Netflix responded to the dissatisfaction with a series of critical errors, the snowball turned into a full-scale rebellion.
Platform first Irritate In the LGBTQ+ community, it suspended three of its employees –Among them was Field-because he resolved concerns about the special program at an executive level meeting and then provoked a backlash by dismissing Pagels-Minor (all three suspended employees eventually returned to their positions). Then, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos (Ted Sarandos) Made a strange decision double Defend the anti-transsexual sentiment he heard there What is special about Chappelle is that it insisted in a memo that “…the content on the screen will not directly translate into real-world harm.”
Although Sarandos eventually retracted the statement and apologized to the employees for the “broken up” response, which should have done more to admit that “a group of employees must have felt pain and hurt by our decision. “, but employees are still engaged in Work stoppage On October 20th, in order to focus on providing support and resources for the transgender community, Affiliated charity.
Although Netflix’s leadership has been quiet since Chappelle’s strong opposition to triggering a public relations disaster, it is clear that the chain reaction and harm caused by the company’s initial reaction still exists.