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Dave Chappelle’s 2021 Netflix stand-up special “The Closer” sparked protests from the streamer’s own employees over allegedly anti-trans jokes.
Now, the platform is drawing an unmistakable line in the sand, proclaiming a corporate culture that prizes individual creative freedom above the collective ideological discipline enforced by cancel culture.
Netflix’s updated corporate culture memo says the company won’t “censor specific artists or voices,” even material employees may deem “harmful.”
“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo none-too-subtly hints.
The revelation suggests Netflix, bludgeoned by falling stock prices and a shrinking subscriber base, is declaring independence (at least aspirationally) from the identitarian left orthodoxies shackling the entertainment industry — perhaps taking to heart a social media meme embraced by the right: “Get woke, go broke.”
Elon Musk — now mounting his own bid to restore expressive freedom at Twitter — weighed in on Netflix’s woes , suggesting the platform had become “unwatchable” thanks to a “woke mind virus” behind content like “He’s Expecting” and the “One Day at a Time” reboot.While the restatement of the streaming platform’s company creed might be interpreted as mere words — little more than a […]
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