21 October 2021, 16:02
Dan Levy, Jonathan Van Ness and Mae Martin have also shown their support for the Netflix employee walkout.
Elliot Page has expressed support for Netflix employees who staged a walkout in response to transphobic comments made in Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special on Netflix, The closest.
The comedian received backlash for joking about transgender women, defending DaBaby and JK Rowling (who has made transphobic comments in the past) and saying he was part of “Team TERF” (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist ).
Although many Netflix employees called out the streaming giant, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos refused to remove the show from the platform in a company email. On Tuesday (October 19), Ted admitted that he could have handled the situation with more “humanity”, but he ultimately upheld his decision.
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“What I should have directed in these emails was humanity. I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really suffering, ”said Sarandos, reported by The Wall Street Journal.
“We explained to our employees that there will be things you don’t like. There will be things that you might feel are harmful. But we are trying to entertain a world with different tastes and sensibilities and different beliefs. , and I think this special was consistent with that. “
In response, Wednesday, October 20, Netflix employees left the Los Angeles headquarters in protest. And now Elliot Page, who came out as a trans in December and stars in Netflix The Umbrella Academy, said her support for trans employees on Twitter.
“I’m standing alongside Netflix’s trans, non-binary and BIPOC employees who are fighting for more trans stories and a more inclusive workplace,” he tweeted, alongside a YouTube video that featured Strange eye Jonathan Van Ness, Pose actor Angelica Ross and more, who also showed their support for participating Netflix employees.
Other stars who have supported the cause include The Schitt ruisseau actor Dan Levy, who recently signed a major deal with the streamer, and Feel good star Mae Martin. In an Instagram post, Dan said, “I stand with every Netflix employee using their voice to ensure a safe and supportive work environment.
“I have seen with my own eyes how vital television can be when it comes to influencing cultural conversation. This impact is real and works both ways: positively AND negatively. Transphobia is unacceptable and harmful. It is not a debate. ”
Meanwhile, Mae Martin also said on Instagram: “I don’t think it’s very difficult to be funny without making fun of marginalized groups and contributing to a culture of transphobia that directly results in disproportionate levels of violence, suicide. and discrimination.
“As a trans / non-binary person who works with Netflix it has been a real disappointment, but I hope for some positive and thoughtful thinking in the future. And los, am I right? Remember lols? “
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