“The Closer,” the latest from Chapelle, 48, takes many jabs at the trans community and sees the comic make insinuating remarks supporting 29-year-old rapper DaBaby’s homophobic tirade which went viral last summer.
Senior Netflix software engineer Terra Field spoke out publicly following the Oct. 5 release.
“We launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness — all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups,” Field began a long-winded Twitter thread of grievances with last week.
Field was then reportedly suspended from Netflix “for trying to attend a meeting she wasn’t invited to,” according to The Verge.
The outlet also reported another trans employee is said to be quitting the streaming service over “how the special — and Field’s comments — were handled.”
One of Field’s many objectives revolved around Chappelle supporting “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, 56, and her coined phrase “TERF,” short for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
“Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act. This is not an argument with two sides. It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be.” Field tweeted, continuing on to list out trans people who were violently killed recently.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos also addressed the Chappelle controversy, standing by the comedian in an Oct. 8 memo obtained by The Verge, one where he also warned employees to brace for a storm of bad publicity.
“You should also be aware that some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do,” Sarandos wrote.
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him.”
Sarandos continued his email, addressing “where we draw the line on hate.”
“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…Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”
Chappelle has also come out in response to the sharp criticism, saying, “If this is what being canceled is about, I love it.”
“F–k Twitter. F–k NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life,” he said to a roaring audience of more than 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl followed the screening of his “Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary.”
Since the alleged suspension, Field has also been active on Twitter, thanking a supportive following for standing by through the turbulent time.
“Someone I chatted with on Grindr years ago just messaged me to tell me they’re proud of me for standing up for myself. True allyship right there,” Field wrote.