Musk Applauds Netflix For Finally Standing Up To Their Super-Woke Employees

By Rachel Morris | Wednesday, 18 May 2022 12:00
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Elon Musk joined the chorus of voices hailing Netflix for its recent pro-free speech view, evidenced by a memo the entertainment giant sent to employees.

“Good move by Netflix,” Musk announced in a tweet on Sunday.

Netflix’s memo follows severe financial pressure for the company, whose stocks plunged last month. At the time, Musk blamed the “woke mind virus” for Netflix’s slow implosion.

According to the Daily Wire, “the updated Netflix Culture memo includes a new section called ‘Artistic Expression’ that states that it will not ‘censor specific artists or voices’ even if employees consider the content to be harmful.’”

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“Not everyone will like — or agree with — everything on our service,” the guidelines say, adding: “We let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

“As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values,” the guidelines continue. “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

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Netflix’s policy change came after the platform experienced a record quarterly loss of subscribers, which the company attributed to increased competition, password sharing, and other factors, including inflation and Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Musk previously blamed the loss of subscribers on Netflix being “woke,” declaring on Twitter: “The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”

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It’s unclear precisely what content the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire was referring to, but he said in a follow-up tweet: “Can they please just make sci-fi/fantasy at least *mostly* about sci-fi/fantasy?”

Some Netflix employees publicly denounced the company in October for airing a special in which the comedian Dave Chappelle made inflammatory remarks regarding transgender people. The special was not removed from the streaming service despite protests.

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Musk’s opinions on content moderation have been under increased scrutiny since he announced last month that he planned to purchase Twitter in a $44 billion deal and signaled plans to loosen content moderation on the platform.

Netflix announced that employees must be prepared to work with projects and content that may not personally appeal to them. The memo declares that if they can't accept that, employees need to find work elsewhere.

The company has reportedly relieved the individual responsible for organizing a company walkout to protest a Dave Chapelle special.

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