A comedy special by Dave Chappelle has sparked reactions from protesters who are employees of Netflix.
The protesters stated that Chappelle’s stand up was transphobic and both Netflix staff and trans activists pitched their walkout in front of Netflix headquarters.
About a hundred protesters demanded that Netflix should fund productions from trans and non-binary individuals to curb transphobic on media.
BBC News reports that LGBT celebrities like Eliot Page reach out through their social media handles to declare their support for the march.
“The Closer” happened to be a controversial show starring Comic Chappelle who stated that “gender is a fact” and LGBT people would not accept this because they were “too sensitive”.
People have thrown backlash at Netflix for featuring this and Chappelle had reacted to this backlash by saying; ” if this is what being cancelled is about, I love it”.
Netflix employees decided to call out for a march to express their dissatisfaction with what this issue could likely cause on the media.
According to the organiser of the march, Ashlee Marie Preston, they were marching not because they did not know a joke when they see one, but because this kind of joke increases violence and hate.
About 44 transgender people have been murdered the previous year in the US due to transphobia: this is in Human Rights Watch’s observation.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content officer, before the protest, had vindicated reasons the show could be held.
Information about their meeting was leaked revealing Sarandos had stated there was nothing wrong with Chappelle’s comedy, and that his stance was defending artistic choice and freedom
He however came forward to declare he was wrong for his view and that he could have at least considered several others this affected.