Trans employees at Netflix plan to walk out until one worker is reinstated after the suspension.
The Trans Employed Resource Group at Netflix is planning a nationwide walkout on October 20 against statements made by co-CEO Ted Serendos regarding Dave Chappell’s latest comedy special. Close.
“The TransLive issue. The issue of trans rights and as an organization, Netflix has consistently failed to take a serious interest in our mission to entertain the world by releasing content that repeatedly harms the trans community and Trans content has consistently failed to represent and elevate content. We can and we can improve! ”Wrote the Trans ERG leader in an internal organizational message.
The incident also happened when Netflix reinstated Terrafield and two other employees who had been suspended after attending a director-level meeting to which they had not been invited. Field recently posted a viral tweet about the Dave Chapel special, saying “it attacks the trans community, and the accuracy of the transmission.” According to people familiar with the situation, Field did not know he was not to attend the meeting. Netflix now intends to issue guidance to employees regarding its meeting attendance policy.
Netflix has reinstated me after learning that there was nothing wrong with attending my QBR meeting. I have included the statement I requested.
I’m going to take a few days off and try to figure out where I am. Well, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. pic.twitter.com/lYxemYgRkJ.
– Terrafield (ainRainofTerra) October 13, 2021.
Netflix employees say the comments from co-CEO Ted Serendous have only exacerbated the situation. On October 8, the executive sent an internal email stating that the company would not take down the special. He added that he did not believe the chapel’s stand-up crossed a line.
Sarandos later wrote another memo: “We hope you can be very impressed with the entertainment industry, while also living with topics that you believe are on Netflix.” There’s no place. It won’t be the last title that will make some of you wonder if you can still love Netflix. I hope you can. ”
In particular, Chappell addressed the criticism he received from the LGBTQ community – then doubled down on his jokes about trans people. The stand-up has been widely criticized by trans activists and groups such as GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition.
Internally, the organizers wrote: “As we have communicated through slack, email, text, and everything between our leadership, it has shown us that they do not uphold the values we hold. Between the numerous emails and non-replies given, we are clearly told that we somehow do not understand the importance of certain content.