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Netflix is in the middle of a diversity crisis. Here's how experts say it could've avoided it.

Netflix's handling of employee complaints over Dave Chappelle's "The Closer" has spiraled into a full-blown controversy. Mathieu Bitton Dozens of Netflix workers walked out over the company's handling of a Dave Chappelle special. Netflix's CEO now says he made a mistake in how he handled complaints of transphobia. Leadership and diversity experts say there are key takeaways from the uproar. With its array of titles that highlight the experiences of people from underrepresen...
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Netflix is in the middle of a diversity crisis. Here's how experts say they could've avoided it.

Netflix's handling of employee complaints over Dave Chappelle's "The Closer" has spiraled into a full-blown controversy. Mathieu Bitton Dozens of Netflix workers walked out over the company's handling of a Dave Chappelle special. Netflix's CEO now admits he made a mistake in how he handled complaints of transphobia. Leadership and diversity experts say there are key takeaways from the uproar. With its array of titles that highlight the experiences of people from underrepre...
Tags: Hollywood, America, Trends, Netflix, Ted Sarandos, Wall Street Journal, Dave Chappelle, Coleman, Sean Coleman, Chappelle, Sarandos, Netlfix, Jonathan Van Ness, Marguerite Ward, Henes, Susan Harmeling


Netflix CEO Admits He 'Screwed Up' Response To Dave Chappelle Controversy, But Employees Still Engage In A Walkout

Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos revealed to Variety on October 19 that he regrets his last comments about the fallout behind Dave Chapelle's latest comedy special, "The Closer," which has been criticized for being transphobic. He told the outlet:"Obviously, I screwed up that internal communication. I did that, and 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...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, News, Netflix, Harry Potter, Ricky Gervais, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, J K Rowling, Chappelle, Sarandos, Dave Chapelle, Trans Netflix


With His “Team TERF” Routine, Dave Chappelle Dishonors A Long Line Of Great Black Performers

Artists from Richard Pryor to Moms Mabley to Ma Rainey to Josephine Baker “took big risks to affirm LGBTQ people and be honest about their own sexuality. … Chappelle [is] doing something they never did — making a career of going after a group even more reviled than Black people.” – CNN
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Analysis: Netflix made a mess of the Chappelle controversy. It's a crisis of Netflix's own making

The Dave Chappelle comedy special, "The Closer," has thrust Netflix into its biggest crisis ever. It's a mess of the company's own making.
Tags: News, Netflix, Stories, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle


As Netflix Employees Walk Out Over Dave Chappelle, Fans Voice Undying Support at Sold-Out London Gig

Dave Chappelle is planning a 10-city U.S. tour of his controversial Netflix special “The Closer” in the unlikely event that the streamer pulls the show, according to fans who attended a sold-out London gig on Wednesday evening. According to multiple attendees, Chappelle indicated that he would visit 10 cities across the U.S. to screen the […]
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Netflix employees join wave of tech activism with walkout over Chappelle controversy

Slew of walkouts by tech workers, unthinkable mere years ago, shows workers ‘now understand their labor power’, expert saysEmployees at Netflix halted work on Wednesday and staged a protest outside the company’s Los Gatos, California, headquarters to condemn the streaming platform’s handling of complaints against Dave Chappelle’s new special. The actions – which hundreds participated in – are the latest in a string of highly visible organizing efforts in the tech sector, as workers increasingly ...
Tags: Technology, Media, Activism, Film, California, Los Angeles, US news, Netflix, Transgender, Culture, Television industry, LGBT rights, US television industry, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle, Los Gatos California


Netflix co-CEO on Chappelle fallout: I screwed up

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has some regrets about how he handled Dave Chappelle's stand-up special, even though he still stands by Netflix's decision to stream the controversial act.
Tags: News, Netflix, Stories, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle


The fired Netflix staffer who helped organize the walkout says co-CEO 'missed the point' in his apology tour

Ted Sarandos. Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images A fired Netflix staffer said co-CEO Ted Sarandos "missed the point" with his Chappelle apologies. Sarandos said that he "screwed up the internal communication" but that he "supports artistic freedom." The staffer was fired for allegedly leaking internal Netflix data to the press, an accusation they deny. The fired Netflix employee who was helping organize a company walkout, scheduled to happen Wednesday, responded to co-CEO Ted Sar...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Trends, Ted, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Times, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Variety, Rowling, Chappelle, Sarandos, Travis Clark


Netflix braces for staff walkout and LGBTQ rally over Chappelle special

Netflix bosses braced for an employee walkout and rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday as anger swelled over a recent Dave Chappelle comedy...
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Ted Sarandos 'screwed up' response to Chappelle backlash, but still stands by Netflix special

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos addresses backlash to Dave Chappelle's "The Closer" comedy special as transgender employees prepare to walk out Wednesday.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Netflix CEO says his stance on Dave Chappelle's special hasn't changed but says he 'screwed up' in message to staff, ahead of a planned walk-out

Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO & Chief Content Officer Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Netflix's co-CEO previously said content does not cause real-world harm. Ted Sarandos told outlets on Tuesday that he "screwed up" with those comments. However, Sarandos said Netflix won't remove Dave Chappelle's special. Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said he "screwed up" with his response to employees' criticism that Dave Chappelle's "Closer" special was transphobic, several outlets repo...
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‘I Screwed Up’: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Addresses Dave Chappelle Fallout

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos is speaking out over continued criticism of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer.” On the eve of a planned employee walkout at the streaming giant — organized by trans and LGBTQ+ staffers, content creators and allies — Sarandos addressed numerous points related to recent jokes from Chappelle that have incensed […]
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Netflix fired employee who leaked information about Chappelle's special

• Opinion: Chappelle's Trumpian claims of 'cancel culture' are laughable
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Netflix fires the organizer of a trans employee walkout

Dave Chappelle during "The Closer." Mathieu Bitton An unnamed Netflix employee was fired for leaking internal data, the company said. Netflix is under fire for supporting Dave Chappelle's comedy special, which features transphobic jokes. The ex-employee organized a planned October 20 walkout in protest of Netflix's stance. Netflix said Friday it had fired the leader of a trans resource group at the company for leaking financial data "outside the company."The now ex-employee, who di...
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Netflix fires employee for leaking data about controversial Dave Chappelle special

They were reportedly a leader of a trans employee group, which has been criticizing Netflix leadership for defending Chappelle's trans jokes..
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Hannah Gadsby Tells Netflix ‘F**k You’ For Dragging Her Into Its Dave Chappelle Drama

The comedian condemned the streaming service's CEO for using her name to defend Chappelle’s transphobic jokes.
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Comedian Hannah Gadsby tore into Netflix's 'amoral algorithm cult' after its co-CEO defended releasing Chappelle's new special

Gadsby. Netflix Comedian Hannah Gadsby, who won an Emmy for a Netflix special, lambasted the company's co-CEO. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos referenced Gadsby in a memo to staff defending Dave Chappelle's new special. Some Netflix employees and talent have criticized the special, in which Chappelle makes transphobic comments. Comedian Hannah Gadsby tore into Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos in an Instagram post on Friday, after Sarandos wrote a memo to staff, which referenced her, defending Dave ...
Tags: New York Post, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Dave, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Rowling, Chappelle, Dear White People, Nanette, Sarandos


Ted Sarandos and Dave Chappelle Are Missing the Criticism’s Point (Column)

The second memo that Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos issued to Netflix staff about Dave Chappelle and stand-up comedy only proves that he doesn’t understand why people are actually upset about how Chappelle approaches transgender people in his new special “The Closer.” In his first response, Sarandos emphasized that even if “some people find the art […]
Tags: Netflix, Columns, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle, Sarandos, The CLOSER


Netflix's co-CEO said content doesn't 'translate to real-world harm' in defense of Chappelle's new special. A Netflix documentary suggests otherwise.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO & Chief Content Officer Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Netflix's co-CEO sent a memo defending the decision to stream Dave Chappelle's new special. In the memo, he said that content "doesn't directly translate to real-world harm." Some people pointed out that a Netflix documentary, "Disclosure," argues otherwise. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos issued another defense of the company releasing Dave Chappelle's controversial new standup special, "The Clos...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Rolling Stone, Ted Sarandos, BoJack Horseman, Dave Chappelle, Rowling, GLAAD, Chappelle, Sarandos, Alan Sepinwall


Top Stories this AM: Netflix head defends Chappelle, again; J&J vax benefits from Moderna and Pfizer boosters; South Korea cracks down on Chanel sales

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: Graham says he spies Gucci at the border. Sen. Lindsey Graham is claiming that Brazilian immigrants are arriving at the border "wearing designer clothes and Gucci bags." Graham made the claim on Fox News and to The Washington Post. However, pictures his spokesman sent to The Post did not appear to show Gucci ...
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Netflix CEO said the company believes content 'doesn't directly translate to real-world harm' in defense of Dave Chappelle special, report says

Dave Chappelle's latest special, "The Closer," has been defended by Netflix head Ted Sarandos. David Livingston/Getty Images In an email, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said on-screen content doesn't translate to real-world harm. Sarandos cited a decline in violent crime in recent decades despite an increase in violent content. He was defending Dave Chappelle's "The Closer," which has been criticized for transphobic comments. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said this week the company bel...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Netflix, Transgender, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Transphobia, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Variety, GLAAD, Chappelle, Sarandos, Kelsey Vlamis


Netflix CEO’s Chappelle Memo Is A Masterpiece Of Gaslighting

If the LGBTQ community, including members of your own staff, tells you that — even when couched in calling out racism — 70 minutes of Chappelle insulting gay and trans people is hateful, how can your response be “um, no it’s not”? – Los Angeles Times
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Transgender Netflix Employees Plan Walkout Over Dave Chappelle Special — Why This Matters

Transgender employees at Netflix are planning a company-wide walkout on October 20 to protest statements about the Dave Chappelle comedy special "The Closer" made by co-CEO Ted Sarandos. Chappelle's new special doubles down on his previous transphobic work, and sparked a significant amount of justified outrage. Netflix came under additional heat when they suspended three employees for "crashing" a meeting about how to handle the situation. One of the three, trans software engineer Terra Field, h...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Netflix, Caitlyn Jenner, Jenner, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle, Sarandos, Terra Field, Trans Lives Matter Trans Rights Matter, Ted Sarandos Chappelle, Sasha Goodman, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism TERF


Trans Netflix employees are reportedly planning a walkout following the release of Chappelle's new special

Chappelle in "The Closer." Netflix Trans employees at Netflix are planning a walkout next week, The Verge reported. The walkout plan comes after Netflix's co-CEO defended the release of Dave Chappelle's new special. In the special, Chappelle makes transphobic comments and defends JK Rowling. Netflix's trans employee resource group is planning a walkout next week, The Verge reported.The walkout comes after co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended in an internal memo the streamer's decis...
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"Back in 2005, there was a very specific incident that had made Chappelle realise his comedy might be harmful. In a sketch he considered to be ironic..."

"... he was dressed in blackface and dancing, when he heard the loud echo of a white man’s laughter reverberate across the set. To Chappelle, this was evidence that his satire wasn’t working: regardless of his intention, some people felt he was giving them the green light to laugh at an oppressed minority. Over 15 years later, The Closer confirms that Chappelle is no closer to remedying his original problem. After all, he is still drawing out mean-spirited laughs from a crowd – the difference is...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Transgender, Dave Chappelle, Drag, Blackface, Chappelle, Ann Althouse, Micha Frazer Carroll


The Washington Post ought to have the nerve to open a comments section on this article.

"Netflix CEO argues that Chappelle’s new special, criticized as transphobic, is too popular to cancel" by Julian Mark.  The memo followed condemnation from Jaclyn Moore, a transgender writer who worked on the Netflix original “Dear White People”....  Last week, Moore... wrote on Twitter that Chappelle used to be one of her “heroes.” “But he said he’s a TERF,” Moore wrote. “He compared my existence to someone doing blackface.” Moore said she was “done” with Netflix. I recommend more speech. Why ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Censorship, Netflix, Transgender, Language, Elvis Presley, Memphis, Dave Chappelle, Sam Phillips, Blackface, Moore, Dewey, Beale Street, Chappelle, Race Consciousness


Netflix suspends trans employee who criticized Chappelle special, crashed business meeting

Netflix suspended three employees, including a transgender staffer, for reportedly crashing a business meeting they were not permitted to attend.
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Dave Chappelle's Trumpian claims of 'cancel culture' are laughable

The controversy over Dave Chappelle's Netflix special "The Closer" illustrates how ridiculous Chappelle's claims to be a victim of 'cancel culture' really are, writes critic Clay Cane, who says that the reality he lives every day - being both Black and gay - is what seems most absent from Chappelle's comedy, which seems to treat these identities as being mutually exclusive.
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Opinion: Chappelle's Trumpian claims of 'cancel culture' are laughable

Dave Chappelle apparently has an unusual obsession with the LGBTQ community.
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