The Netflix show “The Closer”, hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle is being condemned by many LGBTQI+ associations and employees. The management isn’t interested in removing the show from Netflix.
« Caitlyn Jenner [une personnalité publique trans, NDLR] Named 2015 Woman of Year. […] She has never had her period. […] It’s almost like naming Eminem Black Person of the Year. “In his one-man-show” The Closer “, Dave Chappelle sarcastically criticizes the trans community and the idea of transidentity, and defends JK Rowling – the famous novelist also accused of transphobia – to say that” It is a fact that gender is a reality ».
The words are not understood by some Netflix employees, who broadcast the show. Ten days of internal conflict within the company will lead to an employee strike next week.
On October 5, “The Closer” goes live on Netflix. Fast, LGBTQI+ rights advocacy groups such as the Glaad (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, « Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ») ou la National Black Justice Coalition (« National Black Coalition for Justice ») react on social networks. They decry jokes “Hurtful, cruel and contemptuous of the LGBT community”.
In his sketch, Dave Chappelle goes so far as to declare himself “Team Terf”, that is to say in agreement with this contested movement of feminism which considers that trans people, because of their identity, make the fight for women’s rights invisible.
Moreover, Netflix employees are protesting the employer’s broadcast of the show. Terra Field, a transcomputer engineer, was one of those who were outraged via Twitter. “We launched a new Chappelle show where he attacks the trans community. – and the very validity of transidentity – trying to pit us against others [communautés] marginalized. “
The computer scientist concludes her position by listing the names of 38 people murdered in the United States between early January and late September 2021: as many “American trans people who were not offended by Dave Chappelle’s show”.
After unauthorized entry into a meeting of senior company officials to protest the show, three Netflix employees, including Terra Field, were suspended on Monday.
Netflix wanted to clarify that it was the intrusion into the meeting that had been sanctioned. “It is completely incorrect to say that we have suspended employees because of tweets about a program. Our employees are encouraged to publicly show their disagreements, we support their right to do so ”, argued a spokesperson for the company with the “Hollywood Reporter”.
Following the meeting, Netflix co-director Ted Sarandos addressed all company employees in an internal email to explain his decision to keep the show on the platform. The content of the email was picked up by several American media.
“Some of you have wondered where the red line is on hateful content. We do not allow any title on Netflix that is designed to incite hatred or violence, and we do not believe that “The Closer” crossed that line, argued the entrepreneur. I do recognize, however, that it’s hard to distinguish between comment and aggression, especially in the area of humor and stand-up, which is there to push the boundaries. ”
Ted Sarandos also pointed out that Chappelle was “One of the most popular current comedians” He also mentioned that his shows from the past were very good. “Most watched”on the platform, which had a requirement to “To support its freedom to create.”
Terra Field tweeted Tuesday that she was “being” reinstatedShe felt at Netflix and that she felt ” comforted Its positions. A few days later, her colleagues supported her in a note accusing her company “Repeatedly posting harmful content to the trans community and continuously failing to create content that promotes and supports trans content”According to The Verge. These trans employees have joined their non-trans colleagues in a fixed term strike that will begin next Wednesday.