Netflix tells employees to stop if they are offended by Streamer’s content

An internal memo distributed to Netflix employees advises them to stop if they are offended by the streamer’s “content breadth.”

The reference appears to be in response to Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special, “The Closer,” which prompted LGBTQ workers and supporters to walk out in protest over his anti-trans and homophobic jokes. Back then, 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 several outlets have reported, the Netflix Culture memo includes a new section called “Artistic Expression,” stating that the streamer will not censor “specific artists or voices,” even if employees deem the content “harmful.”

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“Not everyone will like or agree with everything on our service,” says the Artistic Expression section. “While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we want to work with; we program for a diversity of target groups 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” about what they perceive as “harmful” are not taken into account: “As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles that conflict. with our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you consider harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our breadth of content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Variety first reported this story.

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