Netflix tells employees to quit if they’re offended by streamer’s content

An internal memo distributed to Netflix employees advises them that if they are offended by the streamer’s “extent of content,” they should quit.

The reference appears to be in response to Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special, “The Closer,” which prompted LGBTQ employees and supporters to come out to protest his anti-trans and homophobic jokes. At the time, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos sided with Chappelle and now he’s doubled down on telling employees that if anyone goes anywhere, it should be them.

As various outlets have reported, Netflix Culture’s memo includes a new section titled “Artistic Expression,” which states that the streamer will not “censor specific artists or voices,” even if employees consider content to be “harmful”.

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“Not everyone will like — or agree with — everything about our service,” says the Artistic Expression section. “While each title is different, we approach them with the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s right for them, rather than Netflix censoring specific artists or voices.

The section concludes that employees’ “personal values” regarding what they consider “harmful” will not be considered: values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles that you perceive as harmful. If you’re struggling to support the breadth of our content, Netflix might not be the best place for you.

Variety first reported this story.

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