Netflix Suspends Three Employees, Including Trans Person Who Spoke Out Against Dave Chappelle, for Crashing Leadership Meeting

Netflix has suspended three employees for crashing a meeting of its top executives, including an out trans person who criticized a new comedy special from Dave Chappelle, sources tell Variety.

Terra Field, a senior software engineer for the streamer based in San Francisco, was among those suspended late last week for attending the “QBR” — Netflix’s quarterly business review, a two-day affair that convenes the top 500 employees in the company.

Field, who identifies as queer and trans, and the other employees were not invited to the virtual gathering, according to insiders. Netflix did not suspend Field over recent tweets decrying what she called anti-trans jokes in the Chappelle special, individuals familiar with Netflix said, but for attending the meeting uninvited.  An investigation has been launched into the three employees.

Netflix declined to comment on the matter. Field did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Last Wednesday, Field sent a lengthy Twitter thread about “The Closer,” the new Chapelle stand-up special in which the comic accuses the tarns community of having “thin skin.”

In her tweets, Field writes, “Yesterday we launched another Chappelle special where he attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness – all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups. You’re going to hear a lot of talk about “offense”. We are not offended.” 

Field went on to say, “our existence is ‘funny’ to him – and when we object to his harm, we’re ‘offended.’”

At that meeting of top executives, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos fielded questions about how leadership should handle employees and talent upset over Chappelle’s remarks. He addressed the entire group in a memo following the two-day meeting, which Variety obtained on Monday.

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