Netflix employees walked out of their 13-storey Sunset Boulevard offices situated in Los Angeles, on wednesday October 20, in an unprecedented show of defiance. A huge number of individuals are posting their personalized messages on Twitter with the hashtag #NetflixWalkout. The employees were outnumbered by members of the public who backed them. Moreover, an extended number of celebrities and native people from throughout the globe came forward and are backing Netflix employees. The staff staged a walkout in protest of the streaming giant’s decision to release the new controversial show named The Closer of comedian Dave Chappelle, on Wednesday.
Actually, the show includes the anti-transgender comments, which forced them to protest after this inappropriate incident. Additionally, outside the Netflix office, the protesters held signs, proclaiming, “Trans Lives Matter”, “Team Trans” and more chanted slogans like “What do we want? Accountability,” “When do we want it? Now.” Ted Sarandos, who is the Chief Content Officer of Netflix, acknowledged in interviews before the walkout, “I screwed up” in how he spoke to the staff of Netflix about the controversial show, The Closer. Lately, Sarandos preserved the decision to air this controversial show by saying that the language of Dave Chappelle did not cross the line into inciting violence.
How the celebrities supported the Netflix staff to be backed up?
In addition, several celebrities and activists throughout the globe and industry including Anatomy star of Grey, Sara Ramirez, appeared in a YouTube video and raised her voice to support for #NetflixWalkout and thanking the streaming platform’s employees for standing up for the LGBTQ+ community. Ramirez addressed in her message“I am sending you all my solidarity, my love and my strength today and always. And in particular at this rally, this walkout. You are all so brave and courageous, and I got your back.”
Actor Jameela Jamil supported them through the video by saying, “I know it’s not easy. I know it’s scary. I have so much respect for you and love and gratitude for you for sticking up for the LGBTQ+ community’s right to dignity and safety and respect,”
Dan Levy of cult show Schitt’s Creek penned on his Twitter”I stand with every employee at Netflix using their voice to ensure a safe and supportive work environment. I’ve seen firsthand how vital television can be when it comes to influencing cultural conversation. That impact is real and works both ways: positively AND negatively. Transphobia is unacceptable and harmful. That isn’t a debate.”
Actor Elliot Page, who came out as transgender in 2019, also tweeted, “I stand with the trans, nonbinary, and BIPOC employees at Netflix fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace.”
I stand with the trans, nonbinary, and BIPOC employees at Netflix fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace #NetflixWalkout https://t.co/LU8FPSBdwE— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) October 20, 2021