Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos defends Dave Chappelle special in staff memo. Sarandos made the smart decision to address staff members on the streamer’s controversial new Dave Chappelle stand-up special, “The Closer.” “Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him. His last special “Sticks & Stones,” also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date,” Sarandos wrote in the memo, according to Variety. “As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom-even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful,” he added. According to the memo sent out on Friday, three upset employees crashed the meeting, one of whom is a trans person who was very displeased with the stand-up special, and aired out the frustrations on Twitter. All three employees were suspended, an investigation is pending. GLAAD responded to Sarandos memo on Monday, saying anti-LGBTQ content is technically against Netflix policy.
While @Netflix is home to groundbreaking LGBTQ stories, now is the time for Netflix execs to listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders, and audiences and commit to living up to their own standards. 2/2
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 11, 2021