Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO & Chief Content Officer Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Netflix’s co-CEO sent a memo defending the decision to stream Dave Chappelle’s new special.
In the memo, he said that content "doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm."
Some people pointed out that a Netflix documentary, "Disclosure," argues otherwise.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos issued another defense of the company releasing Dave Chappelle’s controversial new standup special, "The Closer," in which Sarandos said "content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world hard."
That sentiment prompted a slew of people, including the creator of Netflix’s "BoJack Horseman," to point out that a Netflix documentary, called "Disclosure," argues the exact opposite.
In "The Closer," Chappelle makes transphobic comments that have sparked a backlash from some Netflix employees.
Sarandos sent a company-wide memo on Monday addressing concerns over the special, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter , which obtained copies of the note.
"With ‘The Closer,’ we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.)," Sarandos wrote in part. "Last year, we heard similar concerns about ‘365 Days’ and violence against women. While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm."
In light of Sarandos’ memo, people including critics, industry professionals, and activists have pointed to a documentary, Netflix’s "Disclosure," that suggests otherwise.
A Netflix spokesperson declined to comment for this story.
"If only Sarandos had access to a documentary called ‘Disclosure’ that makes a very convincing argument about the many ways content has translated to real-world harm for the trans community," Rolling Stone chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall tweeted . "It’s on … [checks notes] … Netflix."