Netflix fired an worker for sharing confidential and “commercially delicate” data exterior the corporate associated to Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up particular, a spokesperson for the streaming big confirmed Friday.
The information comes 5 days earlier than a deliberate worker walkout in protest of the particular, which GLAAD and different LGBTQ advocacy teams have criticized as transphobic.
The corporate spokesperson didn’t establish the worker.
“We perceive this worker might have been motivated by disappointment and harm with Netflix,” the spokesperson mentioned in an announcement, “however sustaining a tradition of belief and transparency is core to our firm.”
The confidential data appeared in a Bloomberg article in regards to the Chappelle backlash revealed Wednesday. The information of the worker’s termination was first reported by The Verge.
Netflix’s inside practices and insurance policies state that staff are entrusted with data that isn’t publicly recognized and shouldn’t be shared exterior the corporate.
The streamer has confronted intense public furor within the final week over Chappelle’s particular, “The Nearer.” Some have argued the comic’s materials may incite hurt towards transgender individuals.
The particular has stirred up tensions inside the corporate, too.
Jaclyn Moore, the showrunner of the Netflix sequence “Expensive White Individuals,” mentioned final week she wouldn’t work with the streamer “so long as they proceed to place out and revenue from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content material.”
The corporate beforehand suspended a transgender worker who criticized the Chappelle particular on Twitter, though a spokesperson denied that her tweets had been the rationale for her suspension. The worker tweeted Tuesday evening that she had been reinstated.
Netflix has declined to touch upon the uproar, though co-CEO Ted Sarandos has reportedly defended Chappelle’s “inventive freedom” and instructed staff the corporate wouldn’t take away “The Nearer” from its service.
“We work exhausting to help … inventive freedom — though this implies there’ll all the time be content material on Netflix some individuals imagine is dangerous,” Sarandos mentioned in an Oct. 8 memo to workers, which was obtained by The Verge.