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Netflix announced in a new company culture memo that they will no longer be putting up with woke employees that attempt to cancel artistic talent over views they might not agree with.
Under the new section titled “Artistic Expression,” Netflix states that it will not “censor specific artists or voices” even if employees consider the content “harmful,” Variety first reported.
“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo states, bluntly telling employees that they can find a job elsewhere if they can’t handle working on a wide variety of assignments.
“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative,” the memo states.
Adding, “We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with” and that “we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”
Employees staged a walkout over their anger with the company allowing The Closer to play on their streaming service. Netflix fired the employee, a trans activist, who was the lead organizer for the protests.
Activists claimed that the special, a Netflix exclusive, was transphobic and bigoted. Employees who tried to squeeze into a meeting to complain about the special were terminated, then later reinstated.
The exclusive meeting featured Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos and the company’s top 500 employees. Sarandos said that “Chapelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him. His last special “Sticks & Stones,” also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date.”
It was reportedly at this meeting that Netflix decided the tone for the company’s future.