You run the risk that you will go broke if you wake up early. Netflix appears to be doing the same thing.
Netflix now wants to change its culture and engage its dissatisfied audience after a poor financial report saw Netflix’s stock prices plummet 37% in April. A new “culture memo” dealing with “artistic expression” has been sent out, and it’s clearly a shot at the woke staffers who have been sandbagging the company.
The Daily Wire has excerpts.
“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo states, later adding that employees may be required to work on projects that they “perceive to be harmful” and that if they have a hard time accepting their work assignment, they might want to consider working somewhere else.
“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative,” the new section reads, later adding, “we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with” and that “we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”
This controversy centers on the Netflix comedy special that Dave Chappelle made. He made some rather mundane jokes about transgender people in the comedy special. He also did Jewish jokes, and he took many other shots with other groups. That’s what comedy is, and the idea that certain groups are off-limits is not something Chappelle is ever going to abide by.
But the trans jokes led to a “trans walkout” and other protestations from Netflix employees. After Chappelle was attacked, the CEO stood up and tried to defend Chappelle. He then tried to bend the knee and coddle those woke workers who had been lashing out at the company by looking for a middle road. It seems like there was a dramatic shift in direction after that financial collapse. The board of directors, shareholders and other stakeholders were probably not too pleased with the company’s demise in order to please a select few of the far-left activist activists.
The physical assault on Chappelle is what I consider the end of the line. The comedian was attacked on the stage by a man with a knife, hidden in his fake gun muzzle. He came out much worse. Netflix decided enough is enough. The company wanted to be clear about their policy against any further internal harassment of employees who are actually making the business successful.
The new hardline isn’t just in words, either. This employee, who led the walkout, has been dismissed. Further, the recommendation for those who object to Netflix’s work to find another job is about as tough of a line as I’ve seen from a company on this issue. It’s heartening to see that perhaps, just maybe, we might see a return to sanity, at least on some fronts.