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Netflix suspends trans employee who tweeted about Chapelle special
2021-10-12

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Netflix suspended a transgender employee who criticized the new Dave Chappelle stand-up special The Closer, writing on Twitter that Chappelle's jokes were harmful to transgender people and the LGBTQ community, NBC News noted.

The company denied the tweets were the reason for the suspension.

The employee, software engineer Terra Field, tweeted Wednesday that Chappelle "attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness," in The Closer.

"It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show," a company spokesperson said, adding that Field and two other employees were suspended because of a separate incident that occurred last week.

In a statement, GLAAD said, "Netflix has a policy that content 'designed to incite hate or violence' is not allowed on the platform, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that. While Netflix is home to groundbreaking LGBTQ stories, now is the time for Netflix execs to listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders, and audiences and commit to living up to their own standards."

Last week, GLAAD responded on Twitter to the release of Dave Chappelle's new special, stating, "Dave Chappelle's brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities. Negative reviews and viewers loudly condemning his latest special is a message to the industry that audiences don't support platforming anti-LGBTQ diatribes. We agree."


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