Netflix reinstates trans worker who slammed Dave Chappell biopic
Netflix reinstates trans worker who was suspended for trying to barge into director-level meeting after slamming Dave Chappelle biopic
- Terra Field shared a screenshot of Netflix statement in which she was reinstated
- Yesterday she was suspended after attempting to join a director-level meeting
- Explaining its decision, Netflix said she hadn’t joined the meeting with ‘ill intent’
A trans Netflix employee has been reinstated by the company after she was suspended for attempting to join a director-level meeting.
Terra Field, whose Twitter bio says she works as a senior software engineer for the streaming service, was one of three employees to be suspended.
She had previously taken to Twitter to criticize a new comedy special on Netflix by comedian Dave Chappelle.
However, Netflix explained that Field had been suspended for attempting to enter a meeting she had not been invited to.
Terra Field, a trans Netflix employee, has been reinstated by the company after she was suspended for attempting to join a director-level meeting
Now though, Field has taken to Twitter once more to reveal that she has been reinstated by the company after they found that ‘there was no ill-intent in my attending the QBR meeting’.
Included in her Tweet was a screenshot of the statement Netflix sent her to confirm her reinstatement.
It read: ‘Our investigation did not find that you joined the QBR meeting with any ill intent and that you genuinely didn’t think there was anything wrong with seeking access to this meeting.
‘Additionally, when a director shared the link, it further supported that this was a meeting that you could attend.’
She had previously taken to Twitter to criticize a new comedy special on Netflix by comedian Dave Chappelle (pictured)
Now though, Field has taken to Twitter once more to reveal that she has been reinstated by the company after they found that ‘there was no ill-intent in my attending the QBR meeting ‘
Commenting on Netflix’s statement, Field Tweeted: ‘I’m going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I’m at. At the very least, I feel vindicated.’
MailOnline has approached Netflix for additional comment.
Field published a 40-tweet-long thread on Thursday last week, explaining the harm that comments made in the special would have on the trans community.
She also included a list of 38 trans and nonbinary men and women of color who she said had been killed, adding in each case that the victim ‘is not offended.’
Netflix previously released a statement explaining that: ‘It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.’
According to a person familiar with the matter, the three employees, including Field, joined a quarterly meeting for company directors and vice presidents without gaining authorization.
The person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said the workers were suspended as a result of an investigation and not for speaking out, but for attending the virtual meeting uninvited.
Over the course of more than 40 tweets last week, Field explained the harm that comments made in the special would have on the trans community
Field then went on to include a list of 38 trans and nonbinary men and women of color who she said had been killed, adding in each case that the victim ‘is not offended.’
In Field’s Twitter posts last week, she said that Dave Chappelle was being criticized not because his comments are offensive but for the harm they do to the trans community, especially black women.
Chappelle has courted controversy with his jokes in which he asserts ‘gender is a fact,’ and criticizes what he says is the thin skin of the trans community.
LGBTQ activists have lashed out over the comments, with the National Black Justice Coalition calling on the streaming service to remove the program.
Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a memo to employees discussing the line between commentary and hate adding that Chappelle’s comedy special would not be removed
A top Netflix executive said Dave Chappelle’s special, The Closer, doesn’t cross ‘the line on hate’ and will remain on the streaming service despite fallout over the comedian’s remarks about the transgender community.
In an internal memo, co-CEO Ted Sarandos told managers that ‘some talent’ may join third parties in calling for the show’s removal.
Sarandos said bosses did not believe that Chappelle’s work amounted to ‘hate,’ and that the company would not be removing the show despite pressure from artists.
Netflix previously declined to comment on the memo, which was reported on Monday by Variety.
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