Netflix Employees Protesting Chappelle's "The Closer" Receive Celebrity Support

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Elliot Page, "Schitt's Creek" star Dan Levy, and Chappelle's longtime friend Wanda Sykes have all vocalized their support of those who walked out.

As promised, dozens of Netflix employees have walked out in protest. This controversy arose amid debates regarding Dave Chappelle's The Closer standup special and the response to his jokes. The famed comedian has been met with backlash over his TERF admissions and transphobic remarks. His fans have argued that Chappelle was painting a bigger picture than what people are recognizing, while the comedian's critics had rebutted that they understand what Chappelle was trying to communicate, however, they disagree with his methods.

Netflix has repeatedly stated that they stand by Chappelle and his jokes, arguing in a memo that what is said in entertainment does not translate to real-world violence against any community.

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Still, several Netflix employees staged a walkout in defiance and have been protesting throughout the day. Images and videos of the event have been shared throughout social media and have been met with support from several celebrities including Wanda Sykes, Elliot Page, Dan Levy, and more.

"Standing in solidarity with the Netflix employees speaking truth to power today and sending my full love and support," said Sykes, a longtime friend and colleague of Chappelle. We previously reported that Ted Sarandos, the CEO of Netflix, has reemerged to say that he "screwed up" by not expressing more empathy toward his employees prior to their protest.

Protesters are finding themselves being heavily criticized online, as well. Check it out below.


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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.