Netflix fired employee who staged walkout in solidarity with trans workers – TechCrunch


Netflix fired an employee who ran the company’s trans employee resource group and planned a walkout on October 20, a former Netflix employee with knowledge of the situation told TechCrunch. The termination was first reported by The Verge.

Netflix employees planned the walkout to protest against statements by its co-CEO, Ted Sarandos, about Dave Chappelle’s recently released special, “The Closer.” The company says it fired the employee in question because it suspects it leaked inside information.

“We fired an employee for sharing confidential and commercially sensitive information outside of the company,” a Netflix representative told TechCrunch. “We understand that this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt by Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is at the heart of our business.”

The leaked information in question appears to be internal actions on “The Closer” that appeared in a Bloomberg story, which reported that Netflix spent $ 24.1 million on the one-time special. Meanwhile, the company spent $ 3.9 million on Bo Burnham’s recent comedy special “Inside” and $ 21.4 million on “Squid Game,” Netflix’s best nine-episode debut.

Earlier this month, as Netflix prepared to release “The Closer,” employees raised concerns about the potentially dangerous anti-trans jokes on the show – Chapelle goes so far as to say it is “Team TERF”, referring to radical trans-exclusionist feminists, who confuse gender with biological sex and oppose the movement for transgender rights. When Netflix released the special on October 5 anyway, Netflix employees and subscribers went on a rampage against the streaming service.

The day after the special was released, a trans software engineer from Netflix Terra Field tweeted a viral thread on the impact of anti-trans rhetoric. “Promoting the TERF ideology (which we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not a neutral act. This is not a two-sided argument. It’s an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be, ”Field wrote.

Shortly after, Netflix suspended Field and two other employees for attempting to attend a manager-level meeting they had not been invited to. But Field was reinstated the next day, after finding out that she hadn’t tried to attend the meeting with bad intentions – in fact, a manager had shared the link, which led her to think she might attend. But some Netflix employees were fed up, especially after co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote to them in an email that “on-screen content doesn’t directly translate into real-world damage.” He continued, “We have ‘Sex Education’, ‘Orange Is the New Black’, ‘Control Z’, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle, all on Netflix. The key to that is increasing diversity within the ‘content team itself.

A lesbian comedian celebrated for her Emmy-winning Netflix special “Nanette,” Hannah Gadsby has spoken out against Sarandos’ attempt to paint her as a figurehead of queer inclusivity at Netflix.

“You didn’t pay me enough to deal with the real-world consequences of the hateful hissing dog that you refuse to recognize, Ted,” she wrote on Instagram. “Fuck you and your cult of amoral algorithms.” “

As Netflix fires the flame by firing an organizer for the upcoming trans walkout, some people are assignment links to, which direct users to Netflix’s help page on how to cancel subscriptions.

We have read all of your comments and have used them to continue to advocate for bigger and better queer representation, ”tweeted More, Netflix’s LGBTQ + account. “Ok you can start yelling at us again now.

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