“I have no bad will towards Netflix,” they said. “I want them to be successful, but the only way to be successful is by sticking to the values they are exhibiting. “
Wednesday morning, a rally is scheduled outside Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles as a “kick-off” to the walkout, according to a social media article announcing the protest. The rally will include activists and public figures, and a “list of firm demands” will be sent to Mr Sarandos, according to the publication.
Netflix software engineer Terra Field wrote a blog post on Medium Monday detailing his “whirlwind” experience since posting a viral Twitter thread on October 6 that said Mr. Chappelle’s special “is attacking the trans community. and the very validity of the transit. . ”
In the post, Ms Field, who is transgender, said she was not asking for “The Closer” to be removed from Netflix. On the contrary, she hoped that the leaders would take concrete steps, in particular to “stop pretending that transphobia in the media has no effect on society”. Ms Field said she hoped Netflix would attach a warning to “The Closer” and other series on the streaming service that have been criticized as transphobic, and to promote “other queer and trans content after the people have consumed this content ”.
Of ‘The Closer’ Ms Field wrote: ‘It doesn’t feel good to have worked in the company that started it. Especially when we have spent years shaping the policies and benefits of the company to make it a great place for trans people.
“A place cannot be a great place to work if someone has to betray their community to do it,” she added.
There have already been several tense moments between Netflix core employees and senior executives in recent days. In an emotional company-wide meeting on Friday, several staff members asked Mr Sarandos difficult and persistent questions about the special and the company’s response to criticism.
Nicole Sperling contributed reports.