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It sounds like Netflix is pushing back against wokeness within its ranks.
According to an internal culture memo, the streaming giant is taking a hardline stance on the freedom of artistic expression and woke employees were given fair warning: Netflix may not be the best place for you.
“The updated Netflix culture memo includes a new section called ‘Artistic Expression’ that states that it will not ‘censor specific artists or voices’ even if employees consider the content “harmful,’” The Daily Wire reports.
“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo states. Employees are also warned that they may have to work on projects that they “perceive to be harmful.”
“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, 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.”
The updated memo is suspected to be in a response to the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer and the firing of a trans activist Netflix employee who leaked internal metrics.
From the Verge…
The employee was terminated on suspicion of leaking metrics to the press related to the Dave Chappelle special. Those metrics — about how much Netflix paid for The Closer and how many people it reached — subsequently ended up in a report on Bloomberg. While the employee had shared the metrics internally, they spoke out against the leaks to colleagues, worried they might hurt the walkout movement.
The leaking of internal data is highly unusual at Netflix. While the company prides itself on transparency, employees are told that the culture can only thrive when Netflix data remains internal.
Netflix has updated its culture memo to include a section called “artistic expression,” which appears to be a response to the criticism around Dave Chappelle’s specials. https://t.co/yRjd89Xwvq pic.twitter.com/flsvMNYDvP
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