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Netflix to Woke Employees: If You’re Offended by the Platform’s Content, ‘Maybe This Isn’t the Best Place for You to Work’

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After going through controversies such as the attempt to terminate Dave Chappelle for not “bending” to woke crowds, Netflix issued a statement about its corporate culture in which it warned its current and future employees that the company “may not be the place” for them if they are unwilling to tolerate content that challenges their ideological views.

In the memo, titled “Netflix Culture – Seeking Excellence,” the company stated that it will not censor “artistic expression” in its productions, no matter how “provocative” they may be.

“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view.”, reads part of the document. “So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative.”

Netflix, on the creators’ side

The text acknowledges that “not everyone will like — or agree with” the content available on the platform, and it says that supporting the creative freedom of the creators they work with is one of the “principles” that govern all their productions.

“As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values,” read the statement.

They also clarify that titles contain ratings, content warnings, and parental controls “to help members make informed choices” about what is available on the platform.

“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful” the release also warns. “If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

In October 2021, a minority of progressive Netflix employees protested against the release of legendary comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest show, titled “The Closer,” in which the comedian makes jokes about radical views in the LGBT community and criticizes “cancel culture.”

In a series of protests, progressive employees of the streaming company called for Dave Chappelle’s cancellation and for “The Closer” to be pulled from the platform. Instead of canceling the comedian, Netflix ended up suspending some workers.

In the first four months of 2022, Netflix suffered the loss of more than 200,000 subscribers and said it expected to lose about two million more viewers in the coming months. As a result, the company lost 36% of its stock market value.

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