Here’s what went down between pro-Chappelle and anti-Netflix factions at employee walkout

Left-wing protesters took another day out of their extremely busy lives to rally against the predations they suffer from corporations that simply won’t do what they want.

This time, they descended upon the Los Angeles headquarters of Netflix, joining forces with a number of employees there who staged a walkout Wednesday in objection to co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ defense of Dave Chappelle’s recent comedy special, “The Closer.”

Sarandos defended the company’s decision to keep the special on the streaming service even after the predictable backlash from various acronym groups which attacked Chappelle for making poignant jokes about transgenderism.

“Chappelle 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,” noted Sarandos in an internal communication that was obtained by the entertainment outlet Variety.

“While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm,” he added.

Sarandos then walked it back a little, saying he “screwed up” when he defended the comedian.

“Obviously, I screwed up that internal communication,” Sarandos told the outlet on Tuesday. “First and foremost, I should have led with a lot more humanity. Meaning, I had a group of employees who were definitely feeling pain and hurt from a decision we made. And I think that needs to be acknowledged up front before you get into the nuts and bolts of anything.”

Sarandos started off sensibly but acquiesced to the outrage mob as so many before him have. They fail to learn the lesson that apologizing often does no good at all, and if they would only wait a couple of days, the mob will move on to the next shiny object of disrepute that enters their collective transom.

Still, Sarandos’ attempt to quiet the storm fell on deaf ears and would not stop the determined protesters and their allies in the Netflix workforce.

One man held a sign that said “We like Dave,” but it was destroyed by a cowardly individual (who was masked, thank goodness) who then claimed the first man now held a weapon.


Some of the language used by the protesters was not exactly “inclusive” by their standards. Then again, maybe that’s the standard:

PBS Newshour, in all of its wisdom and journalistic prowess, suggested on Wednesday that the backlash over Chappelle will cause the company to lose employees to their competitors, citing the “stigma” now associated with Netflix.

Not many were in agreement with that assessment:


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