In the received email typeNetflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos (Ted Sarandos) provided unexpected reasons for his continued support of Dave Chappelle’s controversial comedy special “The Closer.” The executive told employees that the violent video games of the past few decades have coexisted with the decline in crime rates, and this fact proves that Netflix’s shows will not cause real harm.
“Through The Closer, we learned that the focus is not on offending certain content, but on titles that may increase real-world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hatred, violence, etc.),” Sarandos said Wrote when talking about Netflix’s talk show special. “Last year, we heard similar concerns about 365 days and violence against women. Although some employees disagree, we firmly believe that the content on the screen will not directly translate into real-world harm.
“The strongest evidence to support this is that in the past three decades, violence on the screen has increased dramatically, especially in the first party. [sic] Shooting games, but violent crime has fallen sharply in many countries. Adults can watch violence, assault, and abuse — or enjoy shocking stand-up comedies — without causing them to harm others. “
Chappelle and The Closer have been criticized for making transgender jokes, especially Chappelle’s claim that he is a “Team TERF”-a radical feminist who rejects transgender people, and is essentially a feminist who refuses to accept transgender people. Scientific stance Transgender women are women.Sarandos first defended the show on October 8. He told employees that “creative freedom…means that there will always be content on Netflix that people think is harmful.” This prompted Netflix’s transgender employee resource group to be company-wide. In-scope plan go out October 20.
In a follow-up email sent on Monday, Sarandos admitted that some employees were “angry, disappointed, and hurt” at the decision to continue carrying The Closer, but then compared him to violent video games to strengthen his defense.
There is no doubt that video game makers and players have been trying for years to prove that violence in games does not turn children into killers-this issue has been passed to the Supreme Court, which ruled that games, such as books and movies, are actually Protected speech. This problem has been solved in the stand-up comedy special, so the problem here is all about the values of the Netflix leadership.
Netflix’s position on these issues is becoming more and more meaningful, as the company has further stated its intention to develop games: Netflix’s original movie “Kate”, about a 24-hour assassin, is being made into a game, which will be released this evening. At some time during the release month, it is reported that Netflix is also considering developing a game based on the popular drama “Game of Squid”.
But as we said in the report on the Supreme Court ruling, you still shouldn’t let your kids play bullet storms. “Injury” does not necessarily mean that there is a direct connection between the shooting game and the actual shooting.
GLAAD is an organization established in 1985 with the goal of “speeding up the acceptance of the LGBTQ community”. It expressed a similar view on Twitter: “Netflix’s policy stipulates that the platform does not allow postings intended to incite hatred or violence ‘Content, but we all know that anti-LGBTQ content does exactly that.”
Although @Netflix is the birthplace of groundbreaking LGBTQ stories, it’s time for Netflix executives to listen to LGBTQ employees, industry leaders and audiences and commit to meeting their own standards. 2/2October 11, 2021
“People who don’t understand LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, have their views of our community based on what they see in the media,” a GLAAD representative told Aksios“When these media images are dehumanizing stereotypes and rooted in ridicule, they can and do cause real-world harm and harassment.”
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas comedy special was released on Netflix in May 2020, and she expressed a sharper view of Sarandos’s position.
Despite the strong opposition, it seems unlikely that The Closer will be removed from Netflix any time soon: Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings stated on an internal forum (via New York Times) Chappelle and The Closer are very popular with viewers, and Netflix will “continue to work with Dave Chappelle in the future.”