EDITO/Take a stand: Netflix challenges self-proclaimed censors
Online streaming giant Netflix recently told employees enough of political correctness and censorship is enough – and if they don’t like it, they can quit.
In October, many company employees objected to a Dave Chappelle comedy special called “The Closer.” They saw part of Chappelle’s routine as insensitive to transgender people and called on the streamer to remove the show from its lineup.
Netflix held firm. And now he’s drawing a line in the sand.
Earlier this month, the company issued guidelines for employees who are firmly on the side of free speech, even if some find it offensive.
“While every title is different, we approach them with the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide. of what’s appropriate for them, rather than having Netflix censor specific artists or voices,” the guidelines state, adding, “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles that you perceive to be harmful. you find it hard to support our content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
Fairly clear. Don’t let the door bump into you on the way out.
Some may see this as a stance against the “woke” or “canceled” culture on the left. But the right is just as vocal and quick to boycott anything that doesn’t tickle their eyes and ears.
Many content outlets buckle under pressure from special interest groups. Sometimes the complaints are justified. But for the most part no. It is important to remember that freedom of expression is a right. But we have no right not to be offended.
Looks like Netflix got it.