Suspension is lifted for Netflix employee who criticized Dave Chappelle’s comedy special.

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The New York Times 13 October, 2021 - 12:04am

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Senior software engineer Tara Field, who is transgender, is among the three who were suspended. She had also spoken out about Chappelle's "The Closer" special, which addressed the trans community after the comedian faced years of backlash and claims he is "transphobic."

"What we object to is the harm that content like this does to the trans community (especially trans people of color) and VERY specifically Black trans women," she added.

A spokesperson with Netflix said Field’s condemnation of the comedy special did not lead to the suspension. 

"It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show," the spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times.

"Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so."

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and others who were invited to the quarterly meeting, reportedly discussed how to handle employee concerns over the special. He also defended streaming the show in a company memo obtained by Variety. 

"Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him. His last special 'Sticks & Stones,' also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date," the statement read.

"As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful."

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