Ted Sarandos Wants Comedians to “Cross the Line”

Ted Sarandos continues to make it more durable for Netflix’s LGBTQ workers prospects by persevering with to justify hate speech as comedy.

The Netflix govt by no means appears to overlook a chance to defend the likes of Dave Chappelle or Ricky Gervais. This time, his feedback come throughout a “Future of Entertainment” panel on the Cannes Lion promoting convention.

“Part of the art form is to cross the line, and part of the art form means you only find where the line is by crossing it sometimes. Supporting expression is really important.”

When there’s been as a lot backlash as there has in opposition to Netflix for platforming hate, it reveals {that a} line has already been crossed. You don’t need to be the individual that says you’re advantageous with this kind of hateful materials. How many extra instances should I repeat myself for folks like Sarandos to know this?!?

Sarandos says that he’s by no means taken down any Chappelle specials however they censored an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj as a result of it went after the Saudi royal household. Why is it okay to cave to international censors and take away that however not transphobic materials? Go on, I’ll wait.

He added it was “almost impossible” to censor Chapelle regardless of the backlash in opposition to him, saying Netflix would “fight” for his content material “all the way to the Supreme Court.” Sarandos famous the streamer had “never taken [Chappelle’s special] down anywhere in the world.”

Sarandos goes on:

“Diversity of thought, expression, is super important to defend. It’s good for culture, it’s good for society — not just for the U.S. but everywhere.”

What about when that thought and expression result in extra acts of hate? Is Sarandos ignoring how far-right wing teams are concentrating on Pride Parades? What in regards to the feedback coming from right-wingers who need to spherical up LGBTQ folks? Transphobic comedy is dangerous and platforming it’s only going to harm Netflix in the long run. I’ve seen it too many instances already–persons are dropping Netflix as a result of they platform hate.

There is nothing humorous about hate speech within the type of comedy. It is just not solely hateful materials nevertheless it finally ends up being dangerous to the focused neighborhood. Let me remind me that weeks of on-line abuse in 2017 led to my going to the hospital that summer season. In the previous, I might have been non-public about this however no extra. There are stakes at play throughout this period through which Republican politicians are taking each potential second to try to goal Nazi Germany-esque insurance policies in direction of the transgender neighborhood. If you have got an issue with me utilizing this comparability, the Holocaust didn’t simply occur in a single day. It began with boycotts and erasing Jews from the tradition.

Does Ted Sarandos really need Netflix to be a platform the place comedians aspect with fascists of their hatred of the LGBTQ neighborhood? Personally, I hope not. These are scary instances that we stay in and I might actually hate to see one other transphobic comedy particular hit the platform. I’m not going to lie right here in that Sarandos has actually made my job more durable. Netflix is filling the void the place studios have given up. Sure, there are a bit too many Netflix motion pictures of the week that match higher for Hallmark or Lifetime. But on the identical time, there are movies that they launch as a result of studios have simply given up on the mid-budget grownup film. If there’s a movie that attracts my curiosity, I’ll cowl it however sufficient is sufficient already. It’s going to turn into earlier than later earlier than I cease masking Netflix all collectively.

How for much longer earlier than Sarandos understands the larger image? There’s nothing improper with comedians selecting to be edgy. But after they select to be a platform for hate, that’s the place they cross the road. Ted, did you not discover how persons are ending their Netflix subscriptions? People can blame the big-budget motion pictures all they need however they can not ignore the quantity of transphobic comedy specials. The specials are crossing a line and solely hurt the LGBTQ neighborhood, particularly the transgender neighborhood.

I’m all free of charge speech however when it crosses a line into hatred, that’s the place it goes too far. Ted Sarandos must ask himself simply how far is just too far earlier than it’s too late. How many extra transphobic specials earlier than extra prospects determine to say screw it and cease subscribing to Netflix.

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