It looks as if Dave Chapelle is free to make all sorts of jokes on Netflix, even about transgenders and the CEO of Netflix is okay with that. It seems that Netflix will forever be in Dave’s corner.
In an interview with The New York Times, The CEO, Ted Sarandos, went on to defend Dave Chapelle and Ricky Gervais yet again. Ted, views this as a freedom of speech, adding that it is a value that is nowhere to be seen in American society.
Sarandos said, “I think it’s very important to the American culture generally to have free expression. “We’re programming for a lot of diverse people who have different opinions and different tastes and different styles. We want something for everybody but everything’s not going to be for everybody.”
Sarandos also added that defending Dave was quite an easy task since he is one of the bests of this generation and he discusses the issue in a nice and distinct way. This statement by Sarandos is arguable since there is a whole community who might be against this.
Back when Chappelle was attacked by a stranger on stage, Netflix had sent out memos to its employees saying that if they find their content so offensive, they can quit.
In fact, Netflix has also agreed to keep ‘The Closer’ by Dave and they have also signed up more deals with him. Sarandos also claims that the backlash that DC faced for his non-censored content is different from what it once was.
Sarandos commented, referring to both Gervais as well as Chappelle, “It used to be a very liberal issue, so it’s an interesting time that we live in. I always said if we censor in the U.S., how are we going to defend our content in the Middle East?”
Gervais’ content is not any less offensive since he used phrases like, “ones with beards and c***s.” Ironically, he claims he also supports trans rights. Obviously, this is an ongoing situation. Keep checking back with Thirsty for more!
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