Netflix is fighting a battle from within.
Netflix has reportedly suspended three employees who crashed a virtual executives meeting in the wake of controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s recent comedy special The Closer, which has been criticized for transphobia, according to a Monday report by Variety.
In The Closer — ranked the third most popular program on Netflix in the U.S. as of Monday afternoon — Chappelle makes a number of comments that have been condemned for going “too far” as one reviewer put it, for instance when he “compares the genitalia of trans women to vegetarian substitutes for meat products.”
Variety reported Monday one of the three employees suspended was senior software engineer Terra Field, who identifies as trans and whose extensive Twitter thread responding to the special went viral last week.
Sources told the magazine that Field was suspended because she and the other two unidentified employees showed up at a meeting with top executives uninvited, not because of her comments on Twitter in which she objected to the harmful effects of such content on trans people, and Black trans women in particular.