Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings dodges questions about Chappelle controversy – .

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Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings dodges questions about Chappelle controversy – .


Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings dodged questions about the fallout from Dave Chappelle’s stand-up special when he was pressed by CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin at the Milken conference on Monday.
“Of course, that’s not a comment,” he said, after deflecting several questions about corporate culture during an interview about Hastings’ philanthropy. “We’re really focused today on what we can do for kids across the country and we’re working on it. “

Hastings’ comments come as the company grapples with the fallout from the show, which has been criticized by GLAAD and other LGBTQ rights groups for containing transphobic content. Last week, co-CEO Ted Sarandos also wrote in a note that the company has “a strong belief that on-screen content does not directly translate into real-world damage.”

Three employees, including one who identifies as trans and queer, were briefly suspended from the company last week for apparently disrupting a management meeting. Another was later fired for allegedly leaking information about the special to Bloomberg.

In response, employees are holding a walkout on Wednesday outside the company’s Hollywood headquarters, where they will present a list of demands to Sarandos. Several celebrities, including Colton Haynes and Jonathan Van Ness, are planning to attend, Variety previously reported.

“We shouldn’t have to show up quarterly / annually to tackle harmful content that negatively impacts vulnerable communities,” activist and organizer Ashlee Marie Preston wrote on Instagram.

Although Hastings has not commented on the Chappelle special, he told Boorstin he wants education to be as easy to disrupt as entertainment.

“When I’m in philanthropy, I don’t talk about Netflix, I don’t try to promote Netflix, or answer questions about Netflix,” he told Boorstin, adding that he was “very disciplined. to keep these worlds separate ”.

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