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Netflix CEO Continues to Defend Dave Chappelle Despite Calls to Cancel the Comedian

Variety is reporting that an email sent from Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos to the entire staff on Monday has said that the company will continue to support Dave Chappelle, despite all calls to pull his latest stand-up special, The Closer, which has been widely criticized as being transphobic.

“We know that a number of you have been left angry, disappointed and hurt by our decision to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix,” Sarandos wrote. “With ‘The Closer,’ we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.)

“Last year, we heard similar concerns about 365 Days and violence against women,” he continued. “While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”

Sarandos attempted to support his statement by mentioning that first-person shooters have grown increasingly violent, but violent crimes have seen a decline in many countries. “Adults can watch violence, assault and abuse – or enjoy shocking stand-up comedy – without it causing them to harm others,” he wrote.

This comes days after he first defended Chappell, arguing that The Closer doesn’t cross the line in being “designed to incite hate or violence,” adding that while some people may find stand-up to be mean-spirited, “our members enjoy it.”

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