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Netflix Isn't Backing Down on Dave Chappelle and Neither Are Its Workers

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"Truly dystopian that my first time going to my office will be in order to walk out of it."
People rally in support of the Netflix transgender employee walkout in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2021. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)

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Two weeks after the release of Dave Chapelle's latest stand-up special for Netflix, employees at the streaming site are still frustrated by how it has handled Chappelle's taste for transphobic jokes—and what they say is a broader lack of support for trans people and storytelling.


Employees have pledged to walk out of work on Wednesday, including the LGBTQ+ storytelling team and its head of queer editorial.

"Truly dystopian that my first time going to my office will be in order to walk out of it," Gabrielle Korn tweeted earlier this week. On Wednesday, Korn added, "Netflix needs better trans representation at every level, in front of the camera and behind it, within the halls of our offices, in leadership positions and creative positions. We won't stop fighting for it until we get there."

"Brb walking out," the LGTBQ+ storytelling team tweeted.

To support the walkout, organizer Ashlee Marie Preston has put together a rally in Los Angeles. The location of the rally had to be moved from a previous spot due to "overwhelming response," Preston said on social media. Celebrities and Netflix talent like Jameela Jamil, Jonathan Van Ness, Angelica Ross, and Colton Haynes will participate in an accompanying PSA. Billy Eichner has also said that he supports the walkout, while comedian Hannah Gadsby—whose own Netflix special went massively viral—has slammed the…
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