Netflix reportedly fired Terra Field and two others after barging into a leadership meeting without invitation.
Netflix reportedly suspended three employees, including Terra Field, a senior software engineer who recently spoke against Dave Chappelle's comedy special, 'The Closer.'
Terra Field, who identifies as queer/trans, spoke publicly against Chappelle's comedy special after the comic aired controversial remarks about the trans and LGBTQ+ communities.
According to Variety, Field and two other employees got suspended for crashing a meeting of its top executives.
The meeting was a quarterly business review where top 500 Netflix employees convene for two days.
Variety clarifies that Netflix did not suspend Field because of her recent tweets criticizing Chappelle special, but because she barged into the meeting without an invitation. An investigation was also launched for the three employees.
“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,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. The field is yet to issue a comment on the report.
In a Twitter thread posted last week, Field discussed The Closer and how it harms the trans community.
“What we object to is the harm that content like this does to the trans community (especially trans people of color and VERY specifically Black trans women,” Field tweeted. “Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act… It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be.”
What we object to is the harm that content like this does to the trans community (especially trans people of color) and VERY specifically Black trans women. People who look like me aren't being killed. I'm a white woman, I get to worry about Starbucks writing "Tara" on my drink.— Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
Chappelle's comedy special received backlash for his controversial statements on the trans community.
Here is an excerpt from his monologue, which people considered as hate speech.
“Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those pussies that they got… you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not pussy, but it’s Beyond Pussy or Impossible Pussy. It tastes like pussy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood, that’s beet juice.”
In a recent statement, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos sides with Chappelle on the issue.
“Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people find harmful.”