Netflix employee at the center of protests against Dave Chappelle resigns

by Reuters
Monday, 22 November 2021 21:03 GMT

People attend a rally in support of the Netflix transgender employee walkout "Stand Up in Solidarity" to protest the streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle's new comedy special, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 20 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Image Caption and Rights Information
Chappelle's latest Netflix comedy special, "The Closer" was criticized for ridiculing transgender people, Netflix employee at the centre of protests against the show has now resigned from the company

By Kanishka Singh

Nov 22 (Reuters) - A Netflix employee at the center of protests over its streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special, has resigned and is withdrawing an unfair labor practice charge against the company.

"I have resigned from Netflix as of 11/21/2021. This isn't how I thought things would end, but I am relieved to have closure," Terra Field said in a statement posted online.

Chappelle's latest Netflix comedy special "The Closer" was criticized by some who saw it as a ridicule of transgender people. Supporters of the comedian viewed it as a cry against cancel culture.

Field and a former colleague, B. Pagels-Minor, are withdrawing an unfair labor practice charge they filed against Netflix in late October that accused the company of retaliating against them for trying to organize a company-wide walkout over Chappelle's Netflix special.

"We have resolved our differences in a way that acknowledges the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, enables everyone to move on," Netflix spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Monday.

Neither side immediately responded to requests for further comment, including about whether there was a financial settlement in the case.

"My clients have resolved their differences with Netflix and will be voluntarily withdrawing their NLRB charge," Laurie Burgess, a labor lawyer representing Pagels-Minor and Field, said in a statement quoted by NBC News.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos had acknowledged Chappelle's provocative language in "The Closer" but said it did not cross the line into inciting violence.

In October, Pagels-Minor was fired while organizing the walkout after the company said Pagels-Minor had leaked confidential information, which the employee denied.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Openly is an initiative of the Thomson Reuters Foundation dedicated to impartial coverage of LGBT+ issues from around the world.

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.