October 19, 2021

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos Says Streamer is Standing by Dave Chappelle and ‘The Closer’

Amid the backlash from Dave Chappelle’s new comedy particular, The NearerNetflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos needs the streaming giants staff to know they’re standing with the comic. 

Selection obtained a workers memo despatched by Sarandos after Netflix’s quarterly enterprise overview, attended by the highest 500 staff on the firm. 

The assembly was attended by three Netflix staff who weren’t invited and spoke out about Chappelle’s particular. The staff have been suspended, and the incident is beneath investigation. 

Within the memo, Sarandos cited different Netflix content material thought of controversial, together with 13 Causes Why, Cuties, and My Unorthodox Life.

Learn Sarandos’ total memo under.

I wished to follow-up on The Nearer — Dave Chappelle’s newest particular — as a number of of you’ve got reached out following QBR asking what to say to your groups. It by no means feels good when persons are hurting, particularly our colleagues, so I wished to offer you some extra context. You must also remember that some expertise might be part of third events in asking us to take away the present within the coming days, which we aren’t going to do.

Chappelle is one of the fashionable stand-up comedians at present, and we’ve got a long-standing take care of him. His final particular “Sticks & Stones,” additionally controversial, is our most-watched, stickiest and most award-winning stand-up particular to this point. As with our different expertise, we work laborious to assist their artistic freedom – despite the fact that this implies there’ll at all times be content material on Netflix some individuals consider is dangerous, like Cuties, 365 Days, 13 Causes Why, or My Unorthodox Life.

A number of of you’ve got additionally requested the place we draw the road on hate. We don’t enable titles on Netflix which can be designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t consider The Nearer crosses that line. I acknowledge, nonetheless, that distinguishing between commentary and hurt is laborious, particularly with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some individuals discover the artwork of stand-up to be mean-spirited however our members get pleasure from it, and it’s an essential a part of our content material providing.

When it comes to our dedication to inclusion, we’re working laborious to make sure extra individuals see their lives mirrored on display and that under-represented communities should not outlined by the one story. So we’re happy with titles like “Sex Education,” “Young Royals,” “Control Z” and “Disclosure.” Externally, notably in stand-up comedy, creative freedom is clearly a really totally different commonplace of speech than we enable internally because the targets are totally different: entertaining individuals versus sustaining a respectful, productive office.

Right this moment’s dialog on Entertain the World was well timed. These are laborious and uncomfortable points. All of us convey totally different values and views so thanks for being a part of the dialog because it’s essential we’re clear about our working principals.