Dozens of Netflix employees protesting Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up special were met with roaring applause as they lined up outside the streaming giant’s headquarters Wednesday in a work stoppage.
Transgender employees and allies staged the stoppage, which began around 10:30 a.m. local time, while employees working from their homes united in a “virtual walkout.” Netflix faces escalating criticism over Chappelle’s special “The Closer,” which debuted Oct. 5.
David Huggard Jr., who appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as Eureka O’Hara, called on Chappelle to show more empathy.
“Before anything else, understand that your jokes are promoting hateful and discriminatory behavior and conversation, and that’s what hurts us,” Huggard told the crowd in comments directed toward Chappelle. “Understand that what you said wasn’t OK and it’s affecting people in a negative way.”