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Netflix employee at the centre of protests against Dave Chappelle resigns


A billboard for the Dave Chappelle Netflix special ‘The Closer’ is seen in Hollywood, California, October 12, 2021. — AFP pic
A billboard for the Dave Chappelle Netflix special ‘The Closer’ is seen in Hollywood, California, October 12, 2021. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Nov 23 — A Netflix employee at the center of protests over its streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special, has resigned and is withdrawing an unfair labour practice charge against the company.

“I have resigned from Netflix as of 11/21/2021. This isn’t how I thought things would end, but I am relieved to have closure,” Terra Field said in a statement posted online.

Chappelle’s latest Netflix comedy special The Closer was criticised by some who saw it as a ridicule of transgender people. Supporters of the comedian viewed it as a cry against cancel culture.

Field and a former colleague, B. Pagels-Minor, are withdrawing an unfair labour practice charge they filed against Netflix in late October that accused the company of retaliating against them for trying to organise a company-wide walkout over Chappelle’s Netflix special.

“We have resolved our differences in a way that acknowledges the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, enables everyone to move on,” Netflix spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Monday.

Neither side immediately responded to requests for further comment, including about whether there was a financial settlement in the case.

“My clients have resolved their differences with Netflix and will be voluntarily withdrawing their NLRB charge,” Laurie Burgess, a labour lawyer representing Pagels-Minor and Field, said in a statement quoted by NBC News.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos had acknowledged Chappelle’s provocative language in The Closer but said it did not cross the line into inciting violence.

In October, Pagels-Minor was fired while organising the walkout after the company said Pagels-Minor had leaked confidential information, which the employee denied. — Reuters

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