Netflix has fired the head of the transgender group who planned to carry out a company-wide walkout on October 20 to protest Dave Chappelle. The walkout itself was not the reason for the employee’s termination. Instead, Netflix fired the employee for leaking confidential measures from the comedian’s latest special to the press – details of which appeared in Bloomberg. Earlier this week, New rebels reported that transgender employees are planning to protest Netflix’s refusal to misrepresent comedian Dave Chappelle following outrage over its latest comedy special, “The Closer.” On October 20, the group planned to take a walkout from the streaming service, which they detailed at the tech point of sale. The edge.
The planned walkout was due to take place days after the company temporarily suspended one of its software engineers, Terra Field, for crashing a directors-level meeting.
According to the Bloomberg report, a number of employees complained about the Chappelle special, “warning executives that a series of jokes about neutral pronouns and transgender people’s genitals was potentially inflammatory and damaging.”
The popularity of the actor comes at a price. Netflix spent $ 24.1 million on “The Closer,” slightly more than the $ 23.6 million it paid for Chappelle’s 2019 special, “Sticks & Stones.” By comparison, the streaming service spent $ 3.9 million on “Inside,” Bo Burnham’s recent 1.5-hour special. The nine-part “Squid Game”, which made the best debut in Netflix history, cost $ 21.4 million.
According to Netflix’s own measurements, “Sticks & Stones” had an “impact value” of $ 19.4 million, meaning it cost more than the value it generated, according to internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. The company also rates its programs by “effectiveness,” which balances a show’s reach with its price. On this scale, Chappelle’s special scored 0.8 – less than the break-even point of 1. By comparison, Burnham’s “Inside” scored 2.8.
Netflix shares a lot of corporate data, including salaries and quarterly earnings, with employees as part of its culture of freedom and responsibility. It does so on the condition that these employees do not share the financial results or the performance of individual securities with the public. But the Chappelle special caused leaks unprecedented in the company’s history.
The edge reported Friday that the dismissed employee, who identified himself as “black and currently pregnant”, declined to be named because of “fear of online harassment”. In addition to allegedly leaking details of the show’s measures to the press, the employee encouraged other trans Netflix employees to step down, but the protest was not cited as a reason for dismissal. .
“All of these white people are talking to the press and speaking publicly on Twitter and the only person who is fired is the black person who was silent all the time,” a former Netflix employee said at the point of sale. “This is absurd, and it shows even more that black trans people are the ones being targeted in this conversation.”
Speaking to the point of sale, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed the employee’s dismissal.
“We fired an employee for sharing confidential and commercially sensitive information outside of the company,” they said. “We understand that this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt by Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is at the heart of our business,” Netflix said.