Transgender Netflix employees plan walkout to protest Dave Chappelle's special

Transgender Netflix employees plan walkout to protest Dave Chappelle's special
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A group of transgender employees at Netflix is reportedly planning a walkout to protest the company's release of Dave Chappelle's "transphobic" comedy special The Closer.

The walkout is set to take place on Oct. 20, a day after a virtual event at which staffers can discuss "the Chappelle special's impact on the trans community," according to a report that cited Netflix employees.

The special has been the subject of criticism for its examination of the transgender community and the nature of the anatomy of transgender people.

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"Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth," Chappelle said during his special. "That is a fact."

Both GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition denounced Chappelle's latest special, the Los Angeles Times reported, adding that Netflix defended The Closer.

"We support artistic expression for our creators," a spokesperson said. "We also encourage our employees to disagree openly."

Chappelle's works are "consistently the most-watched comedy specials on Netflix, and have earned many awards, including both an Emmy and a Grammy for Sticks and Stones," the spokesperson added.

This sentiment was reportedly echoed by Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos in a memo.

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"Several of you have also asked where we draw the line on hate," Sarandos said, according to an internal memo. "We don't allow titles [on] Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don't believe 'The Closer' crosses that line."

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