Netflix suspended three employees, including a person who identified as queer and transgender, for crashing an executive meeting to express their opposition to comedian Dave Chappelle's comments about transgender people.
Terra Field, the trans queer person, had also criticized the popular video streaming service in a lengthy diatribe on Twitter.
Netflix said Monday that the company suspended the employees for interrupting the executive meeting of about 500 people, and not for voicing opposition to the controversial comedy special.
"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," a Netflix spokesperson told Variety.
Field claimed in the Twitter tirade that comments like those from Chappelle led directly to transgender people of color being murdered.
"What we object to is the harm that content like this does to the trans community (especially trans people of color) and VERY specifically Black trans women. People who look like me aren't being killed," tweeted Field.
Field went through a list of 38 transgender murder victims before adding, "These are the people that a callous disregard for the lives of trans people by our society have taken from us, and they all deserved better."
Despite the uproar from some on the left, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the special.
"Chapelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him. His last special 'Sticks & Stones,' also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award-winning stand-up special to date," Sarandos wrote in a memo obtained by Variety.
"As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful," he added.
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