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I attended Netflix's trans employee protest, and it was filled with passionate speeches and tense moments

I attended Netflix's trans employee protest, and it was filled with passionate speeches and tense moments

A scene from Wednesday's Netflix protest. Pictured on left: trans activist and rally organizer Ashlee Marie Preston.
Elizabeth Viggiano for Insider




Netflix's Dave Chappelle stand-up special, "The Closer," has raised controversy over transphobic jokes.




Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said he'd "screwed up" in communication but defended Chappelle's work.




Over 100 people appeared outside Netflix's offices in Los Angeles protesting the company's actions.


The Netflix employee walkout on Wednesday was an unprecedented event for the streamer, which generated controversy in early October when it released Dave Chappelle's "The Closer," a stand-up special that included transphobic jokes.The streamer added fuel to the fire when co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle and his work in a company memo that supported the comedian's right to "creative freedom." The move spurred a rally and employee walkout, with over 100 people protesting Netflix's actions, and asking the company to enact several measures, including the creation of a new fund for developing trans and non-binary talent, further investment in trans and non-binary Netflix content, and hiring trans people in leadership roles.
I attended Netflix's trans employee protest, and it was filled with passionate speeches and tense moments

Protesters raised signs like, "Black lives matter" and "Support, uplifts, protect trans voices."
Elizabeth Viggiano for Insider

For this reporter, that meant covering an event charged with powerful emotions of anger, frustration, and at times, fear.
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