Netflix memo causes conflict

Rikki Loose, Reporter

On Friday, May 20, Netflix announced personal feelings on the company’s beliefs in a memo to staff. The memo came in response to staff releasing details about disagreements in political views within its workforce. Ted Sarandos, CEO of Netflix, and Dave Chapple, comedian, are currently expressing the problem they have within the LGBTQ+ community and what the future of Netflix is about to be like. 

On Oct. 5, 2021, Dave Chappelle released his comedy “The Closer.” Throughout his act, he said numerous things against the LGBTQ+ community mainly directed at transgender individuals. Many people had gotten mad at Netflix for allowing the hateful comedy special to be released. 

Netflix is defending Chappelle despite his rude comments. In the first quarter of 2022, Netflix lost an estimate of 200,000 subscribers. It is estimated that Netflix will lose additionally another two million subscribers and supporters before the summer ends. On May 24, Netflix confirmed that they had fired roughly 150 people because of political views and values.  

Sarandos released a statement claiming, “Our company does not intend to treat workers like family members.” on a reminder newsletter. By his statement, he is undermining his hard working staff. He also said, “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful.” He continued by saying “if you find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.” By saying this, he made it very clear that his staff and supporters of Netflix don’t matter unless views are similar.