Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby hit Netflix and its CEO Ted Sarandos, accusing him of dragging her name into controversy over the release of Dave Chapelle’s stand-up special, The Closer, who was convicted of including jokes about the transgender community.
Defining the streaming service as an “immoral algorithm cult,” Gadsby turned to social media to condemn Sarandos for putting up her comedic operations while defending the company’s support for Chapel.
“Just a quick note to let me know I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess,” she wrote on Instagram in a comment addressed to Sarandos.
“Now I have to deal with even more of the hatred and anger that Dave Chapel’s fans like to release me every time Dave gets $ 20 million to process his partially embodied worldview.”
Serendos referred to Gadsby alongside Apple as an example of increased diversity in the company’s e – mail streaming service sent amid a growing backlash against The Closer – including the threat of company outages.
“We are working hard to ensure that marginalized communities are not defined by a single story,” Sarandos wrote in an email. “So we have sex education, Orange Is The Black Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Shapple, all on Netflix. The key to that is increasing diversity in the content team itself.”
Chapel’s special drew constant criticism from the LGBT community + for jokes directed at the “thin skin” of trans people and for the defense of writer JK Rowling, who was previously accused of transphobia.
In an earlier memo to executives, Sarandos defended Netflix for striving to support the “creative freedom” of her talent, citing a stand-up as providing a “very different standard of speech” from what is internally allowed.
“The distinction between interpretation and harm is difficult, especially with a comedic stand-up that exists to break boundaries,” the memo said. “Some people find stand-up art to be evil but our friends enjoy it, and that’s an important part of our content offering.
“Apple is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with it. Its latest special, ‘Sticks & Stones’ is controversial, is the most watched, sticky and winning stand-up special to date.”
The comedy operations of Gadsby Nant (2017) and Douglas (2020) were both released via Netflix.
Netflix fired employee organizers for allegedly leaking internal documents amid a storm over Apple’s special. She also suspended – and then became the suspension of – a trance worker for criticizing a tweet on Chapelle’s special.
Jacqueline Moore, a senior producer of the expensive Netflix show, Netflix, has announced that she will no longer work with Netflix after Chapel’s special, claiming that the company continues to “take out and profit from blatant and dangerous transphobic content.”