Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO, has spoken out once more about the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special “The Closer.”
Despite the growing outcry in the wake of Chappelle’s latest special, Sarandos said in an email last Friday, Oct. 8, that it will not be removed from streaming sites.
According to Variety, the streaming CEO sent out another email to colleagues earlier this week, as several people demanded that the show be removed and that Chappelle be canceled entirely.
Sarandos reaffirmed his support for Chappelle in a second email, noting that his views on the comic were not shared by everyone. “We recognize that our decision to publish Dave Chappelle’s current special on Netflix has left a number of you upset, dissatisfied, and saddened,” he began.
“In addition, we have a lot of new colleagues who want to learn more about the concepts that influence our team’s content decisions, especially with titles like this.” Our mission is to entertain the entire world, which necessitates content that caters to a wide range of tastes. Despite all of the competition, this member-centric approach has fuelled our development over the last 20 years and is Netflix’s north star today,” he added.
“While some employees disagree,” the CEO stated elsewhere, “we have a strong confidence that information on screen does not directly translate to real-world harm.”
“The greatest evidence to support this is that violence on screens has expanded enormously over the last thirty years, notably with first-party shooter games, while violent crime has decreased dramatically in many countries,” Sarandos said. Adults may watch violence, assault, and abuse, as well as stunning stand-up comedy, without harming others.”
Sarandos added that he hopes that employees will respect the brand even if they don’t agree with some of the content. “This won’t be the last title that makes some of you wonder if you can still love Netflix,” he said, before adding, “I genuinely hope you can.”
The dispute has prompted numerous conversations about free speech, including one from fellow comedian Damon Wayans, who stated that Chappelle is simply practicing his right to free speech. “I feel like Dave emancipated the slaves,” the star of “My Wife and Kids” told TMZ earlier this week. “The comedians, we were prisoners to PC society,” he said, “and he’s Van Gogh as an artist.” Remove his ear. He’s attempting to reassure us.”