Some Netflix employees are reportedly planning on staging a walkout in protest of the streaming giant’s release of Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special, which has been criticized for its transphobic material.
Transgender employees and their supporters are organizing a walkout for Oct. 20, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The planned effort will come a day after a virtual event “open to all staffers [to] discuss the Chappelle special’s impact on the trans community,” according to the paper.
The move comes as Chappelle’s stand-up special, “The Closer,” ignited a firestorm of controversy over the Emmy Award winner’s remarks.
Using crude terms to refer to a transgender person’s anatomy, Chappelle says in the show, which debuted earlier this month, “Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact.”