In light of the internal dissension caused by productions such as the controversial stand-up special of Dave Chappelle, Netflix has issued a memo to its disgruntled employees, stressing that the streaming giant values “artistic expression” of its content creators over the personal thoughts, beliefs and lifestyles of each employee. And any worker who doesn’t like it can “you are free to go“.
«As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles contrary to our personal values.», reads the memorandum, entitled “Netflix Culture – Striving for Excellence“. «Depending on your role, you may have to work on titles that you perceive as harmful», continued the statement. «If you find it difficult to support our breadth of content, Netflix may not be the best place for you». The memo, sent this week, comes after continued staff protests over Chappelle’s innuendos about transgender people in the Netflix special “The Closer“, which premiered on the digital platform in October.
During their hour of fun, Chappelle, 48, launched into a series of jokes about trans women’s genitalia, insisting that “gender is a fact” and considered the LGBTQ+ community “too sensitive“. Shortly after the series’ premiere, Netflix staff members staged a walkout to show their collective disapproval of the comedian’s taunts. But the riot failed to convince Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, who maintained his support for Chappelle and continued to air the special.
And as a warning to the remaining disgruntled cogs, the company’s newly distributed memo underscored its commitment to prioritizing artistic expression. «Entertaining the world is an incredible opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view.», said the lengthy proclamation. «That’s why we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative. To help members make informed decisions about what to watch, we offer easy-to-use ratings, content warnings, and parental controls.».
And while the streaming giant acknowledged that its content may be problematic for some viewers, it is adamant that it will not silence the voices of its artists. «Not everyone is going to like -or agree- with everything on our service», mentioned the platform. «Although each title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what is appropriate for them, versus Netflix censoring specific artists or voices», he stressed.
Source: new york post
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