Reports surfaced noting that Netflix recently suspended a trans employee and two other employees after they blasted Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special ‘The Closer.’
It was noted that Terra Field, a senior software engineer for the company who identifies as trans and uses she/her pronouns, was suspended after she and two other employees stormed the “QBR” meeting. The meeting is reportedly a two-day quarterly business review that brings together the top 500 employees at the streaming platform.
While the meeting was a quarterly business review, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos asked other executives how the company should respond to employee and talent concerns over Chappelle's recent special. At that point, Field and the two other employees reportedly interjected.
Netflix claims they didn’t suspend Field and the other two employees for their criticism of special, but more for them storming the meeting uninvited. A spokesperson for Netflix said, “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly, and we support their right to do so.”
As of now, an investigation was launched into the three individuals who stormed into the meeting. News of this comes after Sarandos reportedly sent out a staff memo that was in support of Chappelle’s special. Sarandos went on to say, “Particularly in stand-up comedy, artistic freedom is obviously a very different standard of speech than we allow internally as the goals are different: entertaining people versus maintaining a respectful, productive workplace.”