Pushing Back: What Netflix Told Their 'Woke' Employees Is Epic & Every Company Should Do The Same

By Mark Gruber | Monday, 16 May 2022 12:00
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Netflix declared in a new company culture memo that they will no longer be putting up with woke employees that try to cancel artistic talent over opinions they disagree on.

Under the new section titled “Artistic Expression,” Netflix declares that it will not “censor specific artists or voices” even if employees deem the content “harmful,” Variety first reported.

“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo declares, bluntly telling employees that they can look for a job elsewhere if they can’t handle working on a wide variety of assignments.

“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer many TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative,” the memo declares.

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It went on, “We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with” and that “we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

Netflix discovered itself at the center of national headlines after the release of Dave Chappelle’s comedy special, The Closer, in October 2021.

Employees staged a walkout over their anger with the company for enabling The Closer to play on their streaming service. Netflix fired the employee, a trans activist who was the lead organizer of the protests.

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Activists insisted that the special, a Netflix exclusive, was transphobic and bigoted. Employees who attempted to squeeze into a meeting to complain regarding the special were terminated, then later reinstated.

That employee told The Verge, “All these White people are going around talking to the press and speaking publicly on Twitter, and the only person who gets fired is the Black person who was quiet the entire time. That’s absurd and further shows that Black trans people are being targeted in this conversation.”

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The exclusive meeting featured Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos and the company’s top 500 employees. Sarandos announced that “Chapelle 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.”

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Confirming the termination, Netflix said that “We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company. We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”

It was reported that Netflix decided the tone for the company’s future at this meeting.

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